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 Roodeplaat 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).
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.
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.
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.
Subject choice must include:
Three additional subjects which could include:
Learners receive an assessment programme each term that explains the continuous assessment. It includes projects, research projects, work assignments and test dates.
A test series is written in Terms 1 and 3 and forms part of the report mark. An official exam series is written in Terms 2 and 4 and forms part of the report mark. Parents' evenings are held each term, as is a Grade 8 information evening. A Grade 9 information evening is also held to assist with subject choices.
During Terms 1 and 3 we offer Nightshift School. Learners attend school on a Thursday from 08:00 to 14:00 and again from 16:00 to 22:00. They follow the Friday timetable in the evening and then get the Friday off school.
Textbooks are purchased online directly from Credo Books by each parent.
Stationery lists are available at the admin office as well as on the website.
Olympiads are written in most subjects.
As part of the continuous assessment for English, learners present a drama evening in which they perform pieces written or adapted by themselves or in groups.
Educational excursions are arranged for specific subjects.
A Biology excursion takes place in April, where learners are given the opportunity to do experiments and also conduct water research in the field.
A Grade 8 orientation camp is held in January to welcome the new group to the high school and to help them to cope with adaptation to the new environment.
The Grade 8s also present a concert.
A Valentine and a Spring Dance are held during the year. The learners choose the theme and are responsible for all the decorations. An Autumn Ball is also held in August.
The high school takes part in the soapbox derby.
An adventure camp for boys takes place during the year.
A leadership camp is also presented annually.
We believe in positive discipline. All learners are divided into three groups or houses that bear the names of famous diamonds. In these diamond houses, they compete for points on the grounds of participation, sport, culture and academic achievements, as well as any school event.
A representative council for learners made up of Grade 8 to Grade 11 learners forms part of the leadership body of the school. A Grade 12 prefect body maintains discipline.
Assessment in the FET phase consists of two components: