In September 2015, St John’s College Pre-Preparatory School in Houghton, Johannesburg officially opened its new building. While the modern, environmentally friendly facilities have been built to the highest standard, the essence of the pre-prep remains rooted in the traditions and history that have made it such an essential part of the St John’s community.
The pre-prep was first built in 1969. Growth in enrollment numbers put pressure on space and facilities. Today, the new pre-prep houses about 230 boys from grades 0-2, and 25 staff members.
The opening ceremony and blessing was attended by guests, staff, parents and pupils, including Bishop Steve Moreo (who blessed the building); chairman of council, Jon Patricios; and Helen Poppelwell, past headmistress of the pre-prep.
The building was designed with input from staff, and incorporated some of its original stonework. It is a spacious learning environment, where boys can be happily engaged and teachers feel inspired. Noteworthy features include a large multipurpose hall with a removable stage, a music department with eight practice rooms and a teaching classroom, six classrooms, a computer room, an art and drama room and a library, as well as appropriate support therapy rooms.
Category: Winter 2016