St John’s DSG and St Piran’s Berkshire swop students

| November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recently St John’s DSG in Pietermaritzburg and St Piran’s Independent Preparatory School in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK, swopped some students. Management teams at both schools selected two Grade 6 students each whom they felt were emotionally able to cope with leaving home and visiting a new environment for two weeks in June 2012.

The St John’s DSG girls reported that children speak more openly with their teachers at St Piran’s, that there is a strong focus on life skills and that in many ways, the South African schooling system is similar to the UK. They were not fans of the longer school day, but left St Piran’s feeling more mature and independent than when they had arrived.

St John’s DSG young St Piran’s visitors arrived in February and could not believe the summer heat! They enjoyed the shorter school day and the fact that all team sport and matches finish by 16:00. They found the learning of Zulu and Afrikaans interesting and said how fortunate South Africans are to have so many diverse opportunities to enjoy nature – from game reserves, to mountains and beaches.

Category: Summer 2012

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