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Senior and FET phase

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 Heuwelkruin 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. 


  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics  
  • Social sciences (History and Geography) 
  • Technology 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (including Accounting) 
  • Life orientation 
  • Art and music 
  • Life sciences 
  • Physical sciences 
  • Dance and drama 
  • Computer literacy 
  • Bible studies 

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: 

  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Bible studies 

Three additional subjects which could include: 

  • Physical Sciences  
  • Life Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Accounting 
  • Information Sciences 
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT) 
  • Visual Arts 
  • Dramatic Arts 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD) 
  • Geography 
  • Agricultural Management Practices 
  • Agricultural Sciences

21st century learning 

Teaching and learning now also include the use of tablets in the classroom. Curro Heuwelkruin is embracing 21st century learning. We use e-versions of existing ink-and-paper textbooks on tablets for the learners in our schools. Our educators supplement these with video clips, photos, audio files, extra notes, learners' work and homework by using our Wi-Fi intranet system at school. 

Tablets can ensure that: 

  • Our classes are places where lively discussions happen 
  • Content stays current through regular updates 
  • Learning involves solving problems and encourages thinking 
  • Learners share their thinking and opinions in groups 
  • Educators cater for diversity as learners work at their own pace and have support to excel or catch up 
  • Alternative assessment strategies are implemented
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