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Senior and FET phase

High school phase: Grade 8 and 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 Kathu 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). 

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

Further attributes within the phases that develop and stimulate learning 

  • Computer skills classes 
  • Access to the internet for research purposes 
  • Continuous assessment in the form of tasks, projects and class tests, set per term, to spread out assessments throughout the term 
  • Formal assessments twice a year in the form of examinations 
  • Quarterly feedback to parents about learners’ progress in the form of reports 
  • Quarterly parents’ evenings to keep parents up to date and to discuss learners’ progress 
  • Regular communication with parents regarding learners’ academic status and advice, as needed 
  • Weekly reports given to parents about the behaviour of learners during the past week 
  • Grade 7 academic tour, such as the upcoming visit to the Kruger National Park in 2017 
  • Learning programmes that interest and motivate learners to give their best 
  • Specialised subject teaching from Grade 8 to Grade 12 
  • A formal prize-giving ceremony at the end of the year 

FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12 

In the FET phase, learners make their subject choices. Curro offers learners a wide selection of subjects, enabling them to pursue these further for their chosen careers. Learners are thoroughly informed, enabling them to make wise choices, and are encouraged to include Mathematics and Science. In the FET phase emphasis is placed on thorough preparation for the IEB matric examination.  

Highly qualified educators at Curro Kathu make it their goal to enable learners to develop to their full potential in the academic field. Curro Kathu strives to prepare learners for a fast-changing world where, after matriculating, they will be able to take their places as worthy citizens of our country. 

Curriculum 

We are very aware that, at the end of their school careers, learners need to excel in their matric examination to ensure access to tertiary education institutions and selection for their areas of study. Although we take Grade 10 to Grade 12 very seriously, we realise that a purely examination-driven approach is not the answer. Curro has developed an additional inter-Curro subject-head system to ensure that we have quality assurance across schools. This system extends well beyond examinations and question banks, enabling educators to share resources, teaching ideas and material that can be used on tablets to enhance learning and the development of 21st century skills. 

Subjects 

Learners need to select from the compulsory list: 

  • English or Afrikaans home language
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation

One elective subject from each group – Grade 10 

Elective 1 

Elective 2 

Elective 3 

  • Physical Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Consumer Studies 

 

  • Life Sciences 
  • Geography 
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT) 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • Accounting 
  • Visual Arts 

 


One elective subject from each group – Grade 11 

Elective 1 

Elective 2 

Elective 3 

  • Physical Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Consumer Studies 

 

  • Life Sciences 
  • Geography 
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT) 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • Accounting 
  • Drama 

 


One elective
 subject from each group – Grade 12 

Elective 1 

Elective 2 

Elective 3 

  • Physical Sciences  
  • Business Studies 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Geography 
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT) 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • Accounting 
  • Consumer Studies 

 


Further
 attributes that develop and stimulate learning 

Curro Kathu offers a number of additional enrichment opportunities to ensure the holistic development of learners to reach their full potential: 

  • Computer skills classes 
  • Access to the internet for research purposes 
  • Educational camps and outings 
  • Learning programmes that interest and motivate learners to give their best 
  • In the FET phase learners have the option of taking both languages as home languages 
  • Specialised subject teaching from Grade 7 to Grade 12 
  • A formal year-end function where learners receive certificates, merits and other awards as recognition for academic progress and excellence 
  • Eighth subject Grade 10 to Grade 12: Information Technology, Advanced Mathematics, Music 
  • Weekly communication with parents regarding the progress of their child