Academics

The School Curriculum

There are two phases in the School Curriculum:

The Junior Secondary or General Education and Training (G.E.T.C.) Phase – this encompasses Grades 8 & 9 and;
The Senior Secondary  or Further Education and Training (F.E.T.C.) Phase –  this    includes Grades 10, 11 and 12. The formal introduction of F.E.T.C. started in Grade 10 in 2006.

The G.E.T.C Phase (Grades 8 and 9)

This is where the implementation of Outcomes Based Education (O.B.E.) continues from the primary school. This phase incorporates the following learning areas in Grade 8 and Grade 9.

G8 & G9 Subjects Offered:

  • English
  • Afrikaans / Zulu (1st Additional Language)
  • Life Orientation
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (Biology & Physics)
  • Economic & Management Sciences (EMS)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Technology
  • Creative Arts

In the Third term of the Grade 9 year, learners in consultation with both parents and the school, select a ‘package’ containing seven subjects.  Each package must include English and a 2nd language (Afrikaans or Zulu), Mathematics/Mathematical literacy, Life Orientation and three other.
This subject packages may vary slightly from year to year; but parents are advised in the Grade 9 year of the options for the following year.

All subject packages will be offered only if there is sufficient support and if the requisite staff is available.  There can be no guarantee that a course requested will be automatically granted.  Learners and parents will receive thorough counseling to assist with the correct choice for the learners.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS  FOR PROMOTION IN GRADES 8 & 9

  1. The assessment process for Grades 8 and 9 will consist of 75% school based CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT AND 25% SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT.
  2. Learners in grades 8 and 9 will proceed to the next grade if the following requirements are met.
  3. Obtained at least 40% in the required OFFICIAL LANGUAGE at HOME LANGUAGE level.
  4. Obtained at east 30% in the other required language on at least FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE level
  5. Obtained at least 30% in Mathematics
  6. Obtained 40% in Life Orientation
  7. Obtained at least 40% in 3 of the remaining 5 Learning areas and at least 30% in the remaining 2 learning areas.
  8. A Condonation will be allowed with NOT ACHIEVED {0 – 29%} in any one of the learning areas.  In such an instance the OFFICIAL LANGUAGE AT HOME LANGUAGE level and the FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE will be considered as individual Learning areas

PLEASE NOTE: All learning areas must be passed – a failure in any one learning area will reflect that the learner is not yet ready to proceed.

SENIOR PHASE (GR 10, 11 & 12)

G10, Gr11 & Gr12 Subjects Offered:

  • English (Home Language)
  • Afrikaans / Zulu (1st Additional Language)
  • Mathematics / Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Accountancy
  • Engineering Graphic Design
  • Computer Applied Technology (CAT)
  • Visual Arts
  • Consumer Studies

THE PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS FOR Grade 10 and 11:

A minimum of 7 subjects must be offered:

  • Official Language at Home Language level  – 40%
  • Other approved Language at least at 1st Additional Language – 30%
  • Mathematics or mathematical Literacy – 30%
  • Life Orientation – 40%
  • One of the optional subjects – 40%
  • The other two optional subjects – 30%

GRADE 12 PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS:

The KZNSC in its present capacity is offered for the last time in 2007.  Promotion requirements for grade 12 remain unchanged and is available on request.

ASSESSMENT

All tests and examinations contribute to a learner’s end of year promotion mark. Tests for the various standards are written as follows:-

Grades 8, 9, 10  and 11 Terms 1 & 3 – internal testing
Terms 2 & 4 – examinations
Grade 12 Term 1 – internal testing
Term 2 – mid-year examinations
Term 3 – Trials
Term 4 – Final external examinations

Reports are issued after each term for Grade 12 with the “Trials Report” constituting the final report. Progress report cards are issued after the 1st and 3rd terms.  Comprehensive reports are issued in the 2nd and 4th terms. The final report is based on the Promotion Mark issued to all Grade 8 – 11 learners at the end of the year.

SCHOOL HOURS

All learners are required to be at school by 7.40 am for Morning Registration.  The first   lesson commences immediately after Registration.  Assemblies are held at 09H45 on Monday  and Friday mornings, following the 2nd lesson and are followed by a Tea-break.

The starting and closing times are as follows:

Monday: 07H40 – 14H30
Tuesday: 07H40 –  14H40
Wednesday: 07H40 –  14H00
Thursday: 07H40 –  14H40
Friday: 07H40 – 14H30
Shortened Fridays: 07H40 –  12H00