High School


The GET Phase (Gr 8 & 9) bridges the gap between the more formal structure of primary school education and the final three years of schooling, where precise syllabuses linked to preparation for final external examinations understandably predominate. In this phase we aim to:
  • Advance the concept of exploration, experimentation and research - rather than the passive assimilation of information;
  • Allow independent thought and risk taking - even if this means making mistakes from which one learns;
  • Maintain enthusiasm for learning which many youngsters seem to lose as they move from junior to high school;
  • Offer a more flexible and exciting curriculum than more traditional educational institutions;
  • Encourage our children journey from dependence to interdependence and finally independence by the end of Grade 9.

Academic Matters

Our class sizes are capped at 26 and there are two classes in each grade.

In this phase we offer the following subjects:

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans 1st Additional language or isiXhosa 1st Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences – History & Geography
  • Creative Arts (visual & dramatic arts)
  • Economic Management Science
  • Life Orientation, which includes Physical Education
  • Technology
Assessment of work progress is done on a continuous basis and in addition meetings are held by staff, where discussion centres on the progress of each pupil. Learning support is an important part of this phase and teachers give their full attention to anyone who requires help. Support Maths classes are offered free of charge, once a week.

Additional support systems include encouraging learners to make use of their diaries and a 10-minute period at the end of each day where homework is read out by the class representative. If and when required, referral to a team of external therapists and/or an in-house educational psychologist is made. We also encourage our staff to keep in regular contact with parents either by phone, email, or meetings.

We also run a two-weekly Cycle Test Period. A Homework Room is available for students who wish to work in a quiet space in the afternoons.

Besides becoming fully involved in assimilating a body of knowledge, our learners are taught how to pursue information, to communicate with others and to manage time and resources efficiently. Regular outings to places of interest are included to give learners a wider perspective. A thorough handover of learners from the Prep School team is done each year, emphasising our commitment to the needs of each individual entering the GET Phase. A similar handover by the GET Phase team to the FET Phase staff is also done.

Mentoring

We believe that all children are capable of being great leaders and so we try to create leadership opportunities throughout all phases in the school. As such we have a Peer Tutoring programme in place where individuals, who have been very successful academically, volunteer to assist other learners after school hours. They provide organisational and homework support as well as English and Mathematics support.



The FET Phase, with its small class sizes, is one of our greatest strengths.

Academic Matters

During this phase, our learners are prepared for their National Senior Certificate examination. Even though our classes are small, we offer a remarkably wide choice of subjects; certain combinations of these result in very small, compact classes.

The subject offering in this phase is:

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans or isiXhosa 1st Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • Physical Sciences or Visual Arts or Consumer Studies
  • Geography or Business Studies or Dramatic Arts
  • Life Sciences or History or Engineering Graphics and Design
As well-planned fieldwork exercises and excursions are very effective forms of education, we make full use of our environment beyond the school campus as an educational resource with outdoor education being intrinsic to the timetable.

Leadership & Responsibility

We do not have a prefect system but rather have a Matric Portfolio System where Matric learners take turns, on a rotational basis, to be responsible for helping staff to administer various aspects of school life. Thus all senior learners are given the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, to take decisions and to be innovative. This is done by playing a part in areas such as discipline, sports coaching, library organisation and supervising prep, to mention a few. The school has instituted a Network of Portfolios, run by Matrics to assist in the general running of the school. We also encourage our learners to participate in Round Square activities and the President's Award programme, with the school giving official recognition to those who render outstanding service.

Career Guidance

This important facet is built into the timetable from Grade 10 and is covered in Life Orientation classes, where an introduction to careers is discussed. In Grade 11 the focus is on personal and career assessments while in Grade 12 learners are exposed to information from academic institutions and businesses in addition to visiting Career Exhibitions and Open Days. Job shadow experiences are facilitated in Grades 10 and 11.

Special Needs class

Being an inclusive school, we also have a class in our high school for children, between the ages of 12 and 18 years, who have specific learning challenges that cannot be met by mainstream education. In this small class, with a maximum of 10 learners, each learner has their own personalised individual education plan (IEP) to enable them to reach their full potential. Although they have their own learning plan that includes library, computer, art and music periods, these learners also integrate into other mainstream activities such as sport, choir and market days. The learners are guided and tutored by a qualified special needs teacher who is assisted by a facilitator.