School life

End of term message

Click the button below to download our end of term message by our Principal Ingrid Kamffer

About Japari

Japari is a remedial school based in Johannesburg. Our goal is to teach young learners throughout Africa on how to overcome learning challenges by providing expert remedial support, resources & care, in class & online.

Curriculum

At Japari School we aim to foster the development of the whole child – academically, physically, emotionally and socially. We achieve this within the structure of a small, happy and nurturing school environment.

We align our learning programme with the CAPS curriculum and cover English, Mathematics, Life Skills (Personal & Social Well-being, Music, Art and Physical Education), Afrikaans (First Additional Language) and isiZulu (Second Additional Language). We also have specialist teachers for Music, Art, Computers and Physical Education.Therapies and remediation play an essential role in our learning approach.

Our dedicated Multi-disciplinary team consists of: Educational Psychologists, Academic Support Co-ordinators, Occupational, Physiotherapist and Speech-and-Language Therapists. Our Multi-disciplinary team ensures our pupils’ Specific Learning Difficulties are addressed according to their individual needs.

Pupils transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. Thinking skills and application of knowledge become the focus of attention. During this phase, our pupils become more independent and mature cognitively and socially. Emphasis is placed on respecting the ideas and values of others while relying on their own intellect and values when making choices.

We align our learning programme with the CAPS curriculum and cover English, Mathematics, Afrikaans (First Additional Language), Life Orientation, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Technology. We also have specialist teachers for Music, Art, Computers and Physical Education.

Therapies and remediation play an essential role in our learning approach. Our dedicated Multi-disciplinary team consists of: Educational Psychologists, Academic Support Co-ordinators, Occupational, Physiotherapist and Speech-and-Language Therapists. Our Multi-disciplinary team ensures our pupils’ Specific Learning Difficulties are addressed according to their individual needs.

We strive to develop well-rounded pupils who can flourish in any suitable learning environment. The Grade 7 year bridges the gap between consolidation of skills learnt in the Intermediate Phase, and the acquiring of more advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in preparation for their transition to high school.

We align our learning programme with the CAPS curriculum and cover English, Mathematics, Life Orientation (Personal & Social Well-being), Afrikaans (First Additional Language), Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Technology, and Economic and Management Sciences. We also have specialist teachers for Music, Art, Computers and Physical Education.

Remediation plays an essential role in our learning approach. Our dedicated Multi-disciplinary team consisting of an Educational Psychologist, Intern Psychologist, Learning Support Co-ordinator and Speech-and-Language Therapist ensure our pupils’ Specific Learning Difficulties are addressed according to their individual needs.

Programmes offered:
• Cogmed
• Literacy and numeracy support throughout the school
• Various Reading Programmes
• Rave-O
• Gross motor (Grade 1 – 3)

Sport

Sport remains an important part of any child’s education throughout their lives. At Japari we would like every child to participate in at least one sport extra-mural per term. We use the Zoo Lake Sports grounds and pool, which provide excellent sporting facilities for our own practices and visiting teams.

Through sport one learns life lessons and skills and we encourage this by giving committed children a chance to play in the teams. We participate in established leagues for cricket, soccer, swimming and athletics. We participate in netball matches when possible against schools in our area.

Our Grade 7 pupils are awarded team scrolls if the appropriate criteria is reached and this is a strong motivation to participate in sport. Sports awards are held at the end of the school year where the sportsmen and sportswomen are recognised for their dedication and commitment throughout the sporting season

Term 1Term 2Term 3
CricketSoccerAthletics
SwimmingNetballCricket
AthleticsSwimming

Staff

Ingrid Kamffer

Ingrid Kamffer

Principal

Lorraine Maratheftis

Lorraine Maratheftis

Bursar

Hayley Cockcroft

Hayley Cockcroft

Head of Administration and Communication

Viviana Schwendinger

Viviana Schwendinger

Head of Multi-disciplinary team and Educational Psychologist

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of Sport

Val Scott

Val Scott

Secretary

Priscilla Moemedi

Priscilla Moemedi

Receptionist

Lorraine Maratheftis

Lorraine Maratheftis

Bursar

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell

Grade 1 Educator

Phumeza Moagi

Phumeza Moagi

Teaching Assistant (Foundation Phase)

Naomi Groenewald

Naomi Groenewald

Grade 2 Educator

Marion Daniels

Marion Daniels

Grade 3 Educator

Sebastian Whyle

Computers and I.T.

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of Sport and Grade 6

Brenda Manley

Brenda Manley

Art and Technology Educator

Janine Levenstein

Janine Levenstein

Grade 4 Educator

Debbie Morrissey

Grade 4 Educator

Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris

Grade 5 Educator

Annelie Rouncivell

Annelie Rouncivell

Afrikaans

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Intersen Phase Academic Learning Support

Genevieve Hardy

Grade 6 English

Ingrid Kamffer

Ingrid Kamffer

Principal & Grade 6 English

Hayley Cockcroft

Hayley Cockcroft

Head of Administration and Communication. Grade 6 English

Sebastian Whyle

Computers and I.T.

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of sport

Celia Labuschagne

Celia Labuschagne

Grade 7 Educator

Andrea Wolstenholme

Grade 7 Educator

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of sport

Sebastian Whyle

Computers and I.T.

Annelie Rouncivell

Annelie Rouncivell

Afrikaans

Genevieve Hardy

Natural Science

Viviana Schwendinger

Viviana Schwendinger

Head of Multi-disciplinary team and Educational Psychologist

Narescha Pandaram

Intern Psychologist

Hilary Grey

Hilary Grey

Foundation Phase Academic Learning Support

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Intersen Phase Academic Learning Support

Noori Pandor

Speech Therapist

Dina

Occupational therapist

Melinda

Physiotherapist

Tony Woods

Tony Woods

Caretaker

Themba Moyo

School Driver

Innocent Skosana

Innocent Skosana

Maintenance

Eric Ramagadza

Eric Ramagadza

Cleaner

Molly Pitso

Cleaner

Monica Mokgatle

Cleaner

Ana Senoge

Cleaner

Peris Ncube

Peris Ncube

Gardener

School Times & Dates

TimeDescription
7:30Start of school day (all children to check temperature and sanitise at the gate)
10:00Break
11:55Break
School finishing times
12:00Friday Grade 1-3
12:30Friday Grade 4-7
13:00Wednesday Grade 1-3
13:20Monday, Tuesday Thursday Grade 1-3
13:40Wednesday Grade 4-7
14:00Monday, Tuesday Thursday Grade 4-7
TermDates
Term 1Wednesday 13 January – Wednesday 14 April
Mid-Term BreakClose Thursday 25 February – return Tuesday 02 March
Public HolidaysSunday 21 March – Human Rights Day Monday 22 March – Public Holiday Friday 02 April – Good Friday Monday 05 April – Family Day
Term 2Wednesday 05 May – Friday 06 August
Mid-Term BreakClose Friday 11 June – return Monday 21 June
Term 3
Tuesday 07 September – Friday 03 December (subject to change)
Mid-Term Break
Close Thursday 21 October – return Tuesday 26 October
Public HolidayFriday 24 September – Heritage Day