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About Japari

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

The school was founded in 1966 by Dr Sonia Machanick, borne of the need to address her own children’s learning difficulties. Japari School continues to support pupils who experience learning barriers in mainstream channels.

Japari is an independent remedial school located in Parkview, Johannesburg. Our school is a non-denominational, multi-cultural school catering for pupils from Grade 1-7.

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 are a member of ISASA, Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa and fully accredited with Umalusi, Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training.

To offer an excellent holistic educational programme incorporating academic, cultural, social, and sporting challenges. Exude a loving and caring environment that makes a difference for all children.

Our values for our children:

  • Vision = To visualise themselves as a success
  • Faith = To believe in their own abilities
  • Courage = To achieve their potential through hard work
  • Diversity = To embrace what makes them unique
  • Community = To belong

Japari’s Board is represented by a wide profile of individuals who have a particular expertise or association with the school, both present and past. Their services are rendered without financial gain.

The Board does not intervene in the operational matters of the school. Instead the Board focuses on three areas critical to the success of the school.

  • It selects, appoints, evaluates and supports the Principal, to whom it delegates authority to manage the school
  • It develops broad institutional policies that guide the Principal in running the school
  • It is accountable for the financial well-being of the school.

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.

Foundation Phase

Teacher helping pupil with place value learning

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 coordinators, Occupational, Physiotherapists and Speech-and-Language Therapists. Our Multi-disciplinary team ensures our pupils’ Specific Learning Difficulties are addressed according to their individual needs.

Break time 🙂
Classroom setting

Intermediate Phase

Pupil working in groups for maths
Pupil painting art sculpture

Pupils transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. Thinking skills and the 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
  • Physical Education

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

Senior Phase

Grade 7s at Japari School
Grade 7 Class of 2022
Easter donations 2022
Grade 7s posing in front of our Easter donations 2022

We strive to develop well-rounded pupils who can flourish in any suitable learning environment. The Grade 7-year bridge the gap between the consolidation of skills learnt in the Intermediate Phase and acquiring 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
  • Technology
  • Economic and Management Sciences.

We also have specialist teachers for:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Computers
  • 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.

Learning Support

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

Pupil playing with educational toys

Cogmed

Our children are in the computer room, where they can build a digital world after completing all of their Cogmed levels. This makes it fun and a great goal for our kids to complete the course.
Doing Cogmed on tablets
Classroom interaction

Cogmed is a software program that enhances working memory. It helps children with ADHD or learning difficulties improve their school results.

It is vital for:

  • Concentration
  • Reasoning
  • Learning
  • Resisting distractions.

Cogmed is the single most scientifically validated method that improves working memory and attention.

This 5-week course is given at Japari school and has helped many children bridge the gap into mainstream school.

Gerard Finnemore a Clinical Psychologist is an expert in his field and we are extremely grateful that he is here to help us. To find out more about his practice click here.

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.

Sports day

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 are 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

Ball skills in PE
Soccer skills in PE
PE teacher
Term 1Term 2Term 3
CricketSoccerAthletics
SwimmingNetballCricket
AthleticsSwimming

Aftercare

Aftercare is a service that we offer at Japari for parents who are unable to pick their children up straight after school. Japari understands that we live in a busy world and we are here to support and care for your child during this time.

Homework will be arranged each afternoon according to grades and every child will be given lunch as well as a snack in the afternoon. Once your child is done with their homework they will be free to relax and play while supervised.

Dress code:

Pupils must wear either their PE kits, tracksuits or school uniform. 

The fees for Aftercare will be R1800 per month.  This will be invoiced to the school fee account at the beginning of each month.  If you decide to select the daily rate, the fee will be R150 per day and this will be invoiced weekly.

Please note that the full account needs to be settled before the 2nd of the following month to allow your child to continue attending Aftercare.

In the months of January, April and August you will be invoiced at a pro-rata rate.  There will be no Aftercare in December.

Venue:

Aftercare will take place in the Argyle House building as it is very spacious and the playground has ample space for the various outside games and activities.

Times:

Monday – Thursday                13:15 – 17:30

Friday                                      12:15 – 17:00

Early days (Mid-term)             11:15 – 17:00

Please download the form below.
Once you have completed the form please scan and email it to bursar@japari.co.za with your proof of payment

Staff

Ingrid Kamffer

Ingrid Kamffer

Principal

Lorraine Maratheftis

Lorraine Maratheftis

Bursar

Hayley Cockcroft

Hayley Cockcroft

Deputy Principal

Viviana Schwendinger

Viviana Schwendinger

Head of Multi-disciplinary team and Educational Psychologist

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of Sport

Hilary Gray

Head of Foundation Phase

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

Grade 1 Teaching Assistant

Naomi Groenewald

Naomi Groenewald

Grade 2 Educator

Marion Daniels

Marion Daniels

Grade 3 Educator

Brenda Manley

Brenda Manley

Grade 1-3 Art Teacher

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of Sport

Hilary Gray

Head of Foundation Phase & Academic Learning Support. Grade 1-3.

Amolemo Molefe

Grade 3 Intern Teacher. Grade 1-3 Zulu Teacher.

Genevieve Hardy

Computers and I.T.

Janine Levenstein

Janine Levenstein

Grade 4 Educator

Debbie Morrissey

Grade 4 Educator

Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris

Grade 6 Maths & NS/Tech teacher

Ingrid Kamffer

Ingrid Kamffer

Principal & Grade 6 English

Hayley Cockcroft

Hayley Cockcroft

Head of Administration and Communication. Grade 6 English

Dawn Davis

Grade 6 Social Sciences Teacher

Brenda Manley

Grade 5 English & NS/Tech. Grade 4-6 Art Teacher.

Amolemo Molefe

Grade 4 Intern Zulu Teacher

Phumeza Moagi

Grade 5-6 Zulu Teacher

Annelie Rouncivell

Grade 5 Maths Teacher. Grade 5 & 6 Afrikaans Teacher.

Linda Hamilton

Intermediate Phase Academic Learning Support

Genevieve Hardy

Computers and I.T.

Celia Labuschagne

Grade 5 Maths Teacher

Marcia Verdelli

Academic Learning and support

Celia Labuschagne

Celia Labuschagne

Grade 7 Maths & EMS Teacher

Tracy Morris

Grade 7 NS/Tech Teacher

Genevieve Hardy

Computers and I.T.

Sophia Johennesse

Grade 6 Social Sciences Teacher.

Grade 7 English & Social Sciences Teacher.

Phumeza Moagi

Grade 7 Zulu Teacher

Annelie Rouncivell

Annelie Rouncivell

Grade 7 Afrikaans Teacher

Brenda Manley

Grade 7 Art Teacher

Marcia Verdelli

Academic Learning and support

Mandy Wheeler

Mandy Wheeler

Head of Sport

Viviana Schwendinger

Viviana Schwendinger

Head of Multi-disciplinary team and Educational Psychologist

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Intermediate & Senior Phase Academic Learning Support

Hilary Grey

Hilary Gray

Foundation Phase Academic Learning Support

Noori Pandor

Speech Therapist

Marcia Verdelli

Academic Learning and support

Donna Dudley

Physiotherapist

Dina Morar

Occupational therapist

Narescha Pandaram

Intern Psychologist

Mandy Wheeler

Head of Sport

John Kabamba

Sports Coach

Shadrack Kalombo

Sports Coach

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 2022

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 12 January – Wednesday 13 April
Mid-Term BreakClose Thursday 24 February – return Tuesday 01 March
Public HolidaysMonday 21 March – Human Rights Day
Term 2Wednesday 04 May – Friday 06 August
Mid-Term BreakClose Friday 24 June – return Monday 04 July
Public HolidayThursday 16 June – Youth Day
Friday 17 June – School Holiday
Term 3
Tuesday 06 September – Friday 02 December (subject to change)
Mid-Term Break
Close Thursday 20 October – return Tuesday 25 October

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