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Middle school phase

Middle school phase: Grade 7 to Grade 9

Our ethos is governed by Christian values, where learners are encouraged to explore and express their individuality within acceptable boundaries, and ultimately take responsibility for their actions.

We guide them to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be.

Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, critical thinking and the development of skills and values. Both individual and group work are evaluated.

Curro Select Grantleigh produces a community of teenagers who know how to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives.

Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

A middle school is an organisational structure that most ably meets the needs of the early adolescent in such a way that each person that leaves this phase:

  • has a healthy self-image which is based on self-respect;
  • has inculcated in his/her character values such as honesty, respect and integrity;
  • has a confidence that allows them to take on challenges without being guaranteed success, and
  • has a sustainable work ethic, that will enable each individual to meet academic expectations.

Formal introduction to college

Our Grade 7 learners are formally accepted into the college during an induction ceremony held at the beginning of each year and to which their parents are invited.

Organizational skills

We workshop the following skills with our learners:

  • Keeping an effective diary
  • Exam skills – time management and question processing skills
  • Study skills
  • Effective filing

Testing/exams

It is of the utmost importance that the learners acquire and practise certain skills in order to be successful exam candidates. We have identified the following skills as being important:

  • Time management in the preparation for exams
  • Time management in writing of the exam
  • Techniques in answering a variety of question topics
  • Coping with the pressure of exams

However, we do not believe that excessive examining results in the successful acquisition of these necessary skills. A more gradual introduction to exams allows for learners to be coached in their exam technique, and the exams are set in such a way as to facilitate this development. The result of this policy decision affects the number of exams written and thus only those subjects that have the greatest proportion of time allocated to them on our timetable are examined. In taking this approach, we have alleviated some of the stress that is associated with exams and we emphasise the educational principle that exams are the NOT the only means of assessing our learners.

Curriculum

In this phase the CAPS curriculum is implemented, with Mathematics allowing for a more focused and problem-solving approach. The same literacy principles as in previous phases are included in the home language teaching, with a bigger emphasis on language. In the Science and Technology curriculum we focus not only on 21st century technology, but also on nanotechnology and a study of the Da Vinci inventions. This is all done with CAPS and the IEB in mind.

Subjects

  • English home language
  • Afrikaans first additional language
  • isiZulu first additional language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology
  • Economic and Management Sciences (including Accounting)
  • Life Orientation
  • Creative Arts

ACE (Academic and Cultural Enrichment)

ACE is a programme aimed at providing those learners who achieve in either humanities or sciences an opportunity to be enriched outside of the classroom. We achieve this by arranging visits to the theatre, art galleries and universities. Over the past five years, ACE has provided a great deal of motivation for our learners to achieve academically. The Grade 7 learners participate in this incentive programme from the beginning of the second semester.

Gold bars and ACE

Gold bars are awarded at the end of each term to those learners who have achieved an overall aggregate of 80% or more. If a learner receives a gold bar in each term or achieves an average percentage of 80% or more over the four terms, she/he will receive an academic badge at the annual prize-giving ceremony.

Grade 9 award ceremony

One of the most important functions of our middle school is to instil values in the lives of our learners. There is no doubt that these character traits will ultimately give each individual the capability and moral strength to succeed in the 21st century. We believe it is important to acknowledge those Grade 9 learners who have developed and demonstrated sound values as part of their characters, as they move into Grade 10. The learners are recognised for the following characteristics: Good manners, Leadership, perseverance, service to the community, service to the college, sportsmanship, all-round contribution to our middle school life, diligence, enthusiasm, goodwill and harmony.

In this phase important issues pertaining to the learners’ development, physically, emotionally, cognitively, morally and spiritually, can be addressed in such a manner that we enable each individual to become an effective member of our society. Grantleigh provides an ideal environment, through the middle school, in which the young adolescent can thrive and develop the necessary skills to be an effective adult.