The St George’s Saints programme is suitable for any individual who has already written his or her matric examinations (IEB or DBE) who is undecided about their future careers or not quite ready for tertiary education.
This programme is aimed at school leavers that need more time (an extra year) for personal growth and development. The post matric students will not only have the opportunity to improve their matric results but they will gain many additional skills which will help them when they progress to tertiary education or the working world.
The programme is designed to be flexible and the student will be allowed to focus on either Career readiness or University readiness.
University Readiness Focus
A post-matric year is not only of academic benefit, but also allows the young men and women to mature and to gain confidence before entering the tertiary education sector. The school leadership has a strong understanding of what is required to assist students to be University ready. During the Post-Matric year, students will be assisted to plan for tertiary studies and to select a career from an informed position with more options due to improved results.
The program is focused on Mathematics, Sciences, Creativity and Innovation. We aim to simulate an environment and teaching methodology that is similar to the universities, in which these students will have to function in future. The University Readiness programme includes the skills required to cope in a tertiary institution i.e. research, writing skills, academic discipline, emotional intelligences etc.
Components of the programme
The programme has an academic, life skills or personal development, a community service and an adventure component.
The student can improve their results in a maximum of three of matric subjects from those offered by St George’s College. Additionally, all the post matric students will have the option to attend six Short Learning Programs at the College no extra costs. Current options will include, African Leadership Programme, Operations Management, Strategic Management, Understanding Finance and Accounting, Financial Management, Production Engineering Management, Sales Management, Civil Engineering Management, Business Environment, International Business, Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Documentation and Contracts for Engineers, Leadership, Environmental management, Research Methodology, Human Resource Management, Future Studies and Christian Faith in Small Business.
Life Skills and Personal Development
A range of personal development modules will be offered. The selection of modules available each year will allow the participants to learn a wide range of skills. The personal development modules options will include, Business Plans, K53 Learners and Drivers Licence, Art/Music Appreciation, Career Guidance, Coaching/Mentoring skills, Conflict Resolution, Conversational French/German/isiXhosa, CVs/Job Interviews, Financial Management, First Aid, Barista and Waitressing, Leadership Development, Basic Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Photography, Physical Wellbeing, Speed Reading/Learning, TEFL.
The students will be required to be involved in a mission and/ or community service project. The project will be used as a vehicle to learn the skills required to serve and to engage in communities outside their own.
The students will undertake and lead an outdoors adventure for a group of students. This project involves the costing, planning, marketing, selling and execution of this event. The project will be used as a vehicle to learn the business skills required to be a start-up entrepreneur.
Application and Selection Process
Please note, the post matric programme is a full year and students are required to attend class daily and complete all the tasks of the programme. The number of places is limited to 15 students.