Southdowns College



Our preparatory school is a happy place where children are encouraged to explore, discover and share their natural passion for learning about their world. We all share a common goal – that is our responsibility to each and every individual pupil in our school. The children are given the intellectual and emotional nourishment that will help them to reach their full potential.  We aim to achieve high levels of academic knowledge, but also to develop skills and attitudes, values and accountability that will enable them to successfully face the challenges of higher grades and life in general. The emphasis at this level is to lay the foundations for learning in a fun-filled and integrated manner, and to encourage respect and resilience. We follow an integrated curriculum presented in a “hands-on” approach, but more formal styles of teaching are also incorporated in some areas. We encourage a strong sense of environmental awareness and commitment to our earth, as well a sense of community outreach to those less fortunate than us.


Wherever possible learning activities are child-centered and children are encouraged to think critically and share responsibility in the learning process. The learning is theme based, which encourages the students to explore and research age appropriate topics. These themes bring learning to life and are extended by educational outings and tours, to expand their knowledge and interests. Our class work includes group work, individual and group projects, brain-storming, critical thinking, speeches, drama, experimental activities, outdoor exploration and many more valuable life skill activities which add richness to our school day. Should a student require academic remedial help, we have the privilege of an academic support department, AEC, with professional support staff in the different remedial disciplines such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, remedial assistance and psychology services.

Learners are exposed to a variety of subjects during the school day, such as:

  • Computers
  • Art
  • Instruments (violin, drums and recorder)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Design & Technology
  • isiZulu

Special Events (grade 1-3)

  • Grandparents Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Bully Awareness Week
  • Literacy Week
  • Afrikaans Week
  • Cultural Awareness Week
  • Team Building
  • Eco Awareness Days
  • World Math’s Day
  • World Read Aloud Day


Foundation Phase                                                                                                                                                        

Grade 1 – 3

The curriculum is theme based and children will be exposed to critical areas of development.

Integrated day is included in the school day for Grade 1 & 2 – this is an opportunity for all learners to participate in a variety of sports to see where their talents and interests lie.

Intermediate Phase                                                                                                                                                    

Grades 4 – 7

Schools starts: 07:45

Break: 10:30 – 11:00

End of day: 13:30

Sport & clubs: 14:00 – 15:00

Schools starts: 07:45

Break: 10:30 – 11:00


End of day:

Grade 1 and 2 Grade 3-7

School ends at 14:00 Monday to Thursday with 2x 45minute sport sessions on alternating days, these are integrated in the school day.

School finishes at 13:00 on Fridays

Academic day ends: 13:30

Sport and clubs: 14:00 – 15:00

School finishes at 13:00 on Fridays



Academic Enrichment Centre

A centre responsible for facilitating the implementation of programmes that will serve to encourage learners to utilise their talents, enhance their skills and experience self-confidence.


Southdowns College houses a state of the art after-care facility on the premises for children from grades 000 to 6. Care is taken to ensure the children receive sufficient homework supervision and work in different age appropriate methods.

IZZI Trust Outreach

Uniform Shop



High School


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