Education Philosophy

Grey High School is a State school and, as such, follows the prescribed GET and FET curricula governing education in the country, although certain additional services are offered.

 

Aims

  • to enable students to achieve a standard of literacy and numeracy comparable to the best international standards
  • to provide a curriculum which, in all disciplines, will consist of content that is both substantial and rigorous
  • to encourage students to reach their maximum potential by competition with their peers and for this purpose to use academic streaming, form by form.

 

Objectives

  • to inspire in students a love of learning and respect for knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines
  • to enable students to master skills required to acquire and apply knowledge
  • to teach students the value of hard work and the importance of healthy competition
  • to measure student performance by regular competitive internal examinations and external examinations at senior levels
  • to promote the integrated use of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) at all levels of the curriculum
  • to provide academic support (remedial intervention) for students whenever possible
  • to encourage participation and interest in cultural activities and pursuits which lead to physical fitness and good health
  • to provide school rules requiring a high standard of conduct from students in the interests of creating and maintaining a well-disciplined learning environment for all
  • to develop in students qualities of self discipline, independence, resourcefulness, adaptability, creativity, honesty, courtesy, self-reliance, health, self-esteem, pride in personal appearance, public spirit and other personal qualities, and to aim to use these virtues for the good of the School and of society at large
  • to promote attitudes and behaviour reflecting a core of values supported by the School Community, including:
    • the encouragement and reward of effort and achievement
    • the pursuit of excellence in all personal and group endeavours
    • the importance of fulfilling commitments
    • the acceptance of lawful and just authority
    • respect for and participation in the democratic process
    • the balancing of self-interest with concern and tolerance for others, their cultures and beliefs
  • to develop in students sensitivity towards and acceptance of the rights of others in our culturally diverse society.

 

Curriculum Overview

Grades 8 and 9

English Home Language
Afrikaans Home or Additional Language, or isiXhosa Additional Language (this is restricted to mother-tongue speakers)
Mathematics
Natural Sciences
Economic & Management Sciences
Social Sciences (incorporating History and Geography taught separately)
Life Orientation
Creative Arts
Technology
Information & Communications Technology (Knowledge Network®)
Music
Engineering Drawing
Art
isiXhosa 3rd Language
Supplementary English

 

Grades 10, 11 and 12

English Home Language
Afrikaans Home or Additional Language, or isiXhosa Additional Language (this is restricted to mother-tongue speakers)
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Life Orientation
Information & Communications Technology (Knowledge Network®) – not available in Gr12
Three subjects selected from:

Physical Sciences;
Life Sciences;
History;
Geography;
Accounting;
Visual Arts;
Music;
Information Technology;
Computer Applications Technology;
Engineering Graphics and Design;
Business Studies
(the choice is subject to timetabling constraints)

 

Assessment

 

 

1st Term

 

2nd Term

 

3rd Term

 

4th Term

 

 

Grade 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All grades are involved in a full schedule of common tests in almost all subjects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All grades write internally-set examinations in all subjects, as well as controlled tests earlier in the term

Trial examination – a full set of external examinations in all subjects

Final examination – a full set of external examinations in all subjects

 

 

Grade 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule of controlled tests


Promotion examinations – externally-set papers in all subjects

 

 

Grade 10

Promotion examinations – internal papers in all subjects

 

 

Grade 9

Promotion examinations – externally-set examinations + some internal examinations

 

 

Grade 8

Promotion examinations – internal papers in all subjects

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