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Curro Hillcrest is an independent primary school in Hillcrest, Durban, that provides high-quality education to learners from Grade R to Grade 7. With small class sizes, dedicated teachers and an enhanced curriculum, we empower learners with 21st-century skills and knowledge to grow into high-performing, self-confident individuals who are ready to become the leaders of the future. Our devotional approach is based on Christian values (ethics and morals).
Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3
With dedicated teachers and small class sizes, our foundation phase starts by providing the emotional and intellectual foundation required to handle the formal learning that starts in Grade 1. We then gradually develop learners’ skills and knowledge in basic areas such as language (comprehension, speaking and listening), mathematics (counting and understanding numbers), and creative problem-solving. Through our devotional approach based on Christian values (ethics and morals), we’ve created an environment where learners enjoy coming to school. Through our enhanced curriculum, learners are introduced to project-based learning and gain 21st-century skills by being introduced to Robotics and chess.
Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7
In these grades, learners are taught to work with the learned material in an abstract manner. Our small class sizes and dedicated teachers prepare them for high school by teaching them how to apply the 21st-century skills and concepts they have learned. As a Curro School, we also promote creativity and critical thinking by encouraging children to make their own choices within well-established boundaries. Our enhanced curriculum includes specialised subjects such as Economic and Management Sciences and isiZulu.
See which subjects we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).
Curro Hillcrest activities
As a Curro School, we believe that sports play an important role in promoting friendship, team-awareness and self-confidence in addition to physical well-being. While healthy competition is encouraged, the enjoyment of the game is not compromised. We support our learners’ ambition by selecting experienced coaches and having a fully equipped gym on campus. We are one of the schools that offer Curro Tennis, which is a specialised tennis offering aimed at providing superior training to athletes. Learners benefit from well-experienced coaches, regular training and workshops, and even tournaments against international teams.
Culture is one of the foundational pillars of developing a well-balanced learner. Our learners have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities, regardless of their interests and abilities in sport or academics. Some of our specialised activities include photography club, a cappella choir and Toastmasters.
We offer two Curro Create programmes aimed at helping learners develop their creative talents to their full potential: Curro Arts Superhero (CAS) is an internal creative mentorship platform with a grading element, where learners are encouraged to discover, develop and display their inherent creative talents. Learners can also participate in the annual Curro Create National Youth Theatre Festival, for which schools enter a one-act play in any genre and official language. The winning plays are chosen through a series of adjudications by world-class theatre-makers, who closely mentor learners throughout the process.
As a Curro School, extramural activities are offered by external tutors or coaches. They are offered at an additional cost and generally take place on the school’s premises. Some extramural activities are aimed at improving or supporting academic learning or mental and physical development, while others are purely recreational.
Adventure Out There programme
At Curro Hillcrest, we believe it’s important for primary school learners to spend time outdoors. Therefore, our Adventure Out There programme offers environmental awareness and fun-filled outdoor exercise through sleep-out excursions. Activities include camping, rope work, fire safety, scuba diving, and more. These excursions also include formal environmental studies, which add practical experience to the syllabus topics. Therefore, these costs are included in the school fees.
Our community programmes
As part of our Christian values (ethics and morals), we believe that outreach programmes are important not only to benefit the community, but also to develop appreciation and empathy in our learners. Therefore, we host various outreach programmes during the year and learners are actively involved in all areas of the project.
Some of our initiatives include: