Grade 8 and 9
Almost all boys enter the school in Grade 8, and several more join them in Grade 9. The aim at this level is to lay a broad foundation for a boy's later academic career.
An attempt is made to introduce boys to as many subjects as possible, so that when they have to choose subjects for a matriculation course at the end of the Grade 9 year, boys will have had experience of the subjects they choose and staff will have some idea of a boy's ability to handle the chosen subjects. Subjects are taught in mixed ability classes (apart from Mathematics) in Grade 8, but in Grade 9, English and other languages could be set according to ability.
Boys are also exposed to other areas of a more general nature in the form of subjects such as Scripture, Physical Education, Counselling, Information and Communication Technology, Design Technology, Media Education, Drama, Art and Music. For able boys, there are adequate opportunities for extension, either within Departments, or within the school, while help is given to less able boys and a part-time remedial teacher is available.
This programme is organised according to the Learning Areas as laid down by the Department of Education in the Revised National Curriculum Statement, and culminates in the writing of the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC), a national qualification administered by the Independent Examination Board (IEB).
At the end of Grade 9, after career guidance from the School
Counsellor, a boy chooses his matriculation subjects and enters the
Grade 10,111 and 12
The course here follows the subject syllabuses laid down by the Independent Examining Board and leads to a National Senior Certificate (NSC), and the possibility of qualification for entry to university.
At this stage almost all subjects are taught in classes set according to ability. Boys take seven subjects for their matriculation course.
English is compulsory, and boys must take Mathematics or Mathematics Litercy. An Additional Language is also compulsory (Afrikaans or Zulu, or French in the case of immigrants). Life Orientation is also compulsory.
To meet the requirements of the IEB, three more subjects are chosen.
In addition, some boys take Advanced Mathematics or another subject as an extra subject.
Various enrichment modules are offered in Grade 10 to widen a boy's educational experience.
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