Senior phase: Grade 8 and Grade 9
At Curro Rivonia our learners are guided to adjust to a greater workload of higher intensity. Our teaching is aimed at developing innovative and critical thinking, while a problem-solving approach is taken to subjects such as Mathematics and Technology. Our affordable, enhanced curriculum places a great emphasis on creative, innovative thinking, while 21st-century learning is implemented in subjects such as Visual Arts, Technology and Robotics.
Our learners receive professional guidance from our on-site educational psychologist when choosing their elective subjects at the end of Grade 9 and may choose between NCV and NSC (as offered in the FET phase).
FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 11 (Grade 12 in 2022)
Through application-based teaching, the FET phase prepares learners for the IEB examinations (Independent Examinations Board) written at the end of Grade 12. However, emphasis is placed on a greater world-readiness rather than a purely examination-driven approach. Our learners are taught to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives. We also provide them with an inherent dedication to hard work and achievement. Some of our specialised subjects include Music, Drama, Information Technology and Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD), while learners are introduced to 3D printing, laser cutting, drone programming, and more 21st-century learning tools.
NCV (National Certificate Vocational) phase
Learners with a Grade 9 pass may choose to follow Level 2 to Level 4 NCV programmes (administered by the DHET), rather than continue with Grade 10 to Grade 12 (administered by IEB). NCV is meant for learners who already have clear career goals and want to get a head start in life. These career-focused matric qualifications allow learners to choose from a variety of programmes, thereby specialising in their field of interest from a young age. Upon completion of each level, learners receive a qualification issued by the DHET, which is endorsed by Umalusi.
At Curro Rivonia, we currently offer two NCV programmes:
NCV programmes provide learners with practical experience as well as academic knowledge. Combined with the notional hour requirements of NCV, the programmes require an extended school day. However, learners receive no homework and lunch is included in the school fees. The longer school days further prepare learners for the demands of the workplace or tertiary studies.
Should learners choose not to enter the job market immediately after completing NCV Level 4, their qualification could grant them acceptance to tertiary education institutions for further studies in their specific field of specialisation (subject to the institution’s acceptance requirements.
View more on Curro Rivonia’s high school offering on our fact sheet.