Curro Durbanville

Curro Durbanville

Curro Durbanville is situated in Sonstraal Heights (1 Memento Drive) and welcomes English and Afrikaans boys and girls from 3 months old up to Grade 12.  

Vision 

Curro is the market leader in the provision of quality, parallel- and dual-medium independent school education in South Africa. Our goal is to develop responsible, independent and proud individuals, who will make a positive contribution to society. 

Mission 

The development of happy, well-balanced, curious individuals who will make a meaningful contribution to society as versatile and responsible citizens. 

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. 

Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). 

Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • Dual-medium (English and Afrikaans in the same class) from Gr 10-12
  • Parallel Medium (separate English and Afrikaans classes) from Gr R – 9
  • Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 
  • Intersen phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 
  • High School phase: Grade 8 to Grade 12 
  • Class sizes: Grade R to Grade 7: Controlled class sizes (20 learners per class) 
  • Class sizes: Grade 8 to Grade 12: Controlled class sizes (23 learners per register class) 
  • School times: Monday to Friday 
  • IEB examination (Grade 12)

Academics

Reception phase

In the reception phase, we focus on teaching the foundational skills, concepts and knowledge which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, invitational atmosphere where the learners enjoy coming to school and where they acquire a love for learning that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; therefore, there is less emphasis on competitiveness and more emphasis on individual achievement. We create opportunities for personal growth in independence and responsibility so that learners can take up the challenge of being personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the foundation phase. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Mathematics 
  • Home language 
  • Life Skills, which focuses on personal, social, physical and creative arts development. 

Additional information on the reception phase

  • 3 years turning 4 (Group 4) 
  • 4- to 5-year-old (Group 5) as well as 5- to 6-year-old learners (Grade R) are enrolled 
  • A curriculum with a variety of interesting contents that is followed throughout the year (CAPS) 
  • Term reports that focus on three subjects: home language, Mathematics and Life Skills 
  • Regular communication with parents regarding the progress of the learner – including one-on-one interviews 
  • A weekly KDA programme, which puts the focus on the general physical development of the learner 
  • Learning outside the class – interesting and educational outings pertaining to specific themes 
  • Free eye assessments for all new learners 
  • Social functions for the learners, parents and grandparents during the year 
  • Graduation ceremony

Foundation phase

In the foundation phase, we focus on teaching the foundational skills, concepts and knowledge which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, invitational atmosphere where the learners enjoy coming to school and where they acquire a love for learning that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; therefore, there is less emphasis on competitiveness and more emphasis on individual achievement. We create opportunities for personal growth in independence and responsibility so that learners can take up the challenge of being personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the intersen phase. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

Perceptual development forms an integral part of all learning in the foundation phase, and includes a KDA programme, phonics awareness programme, perceptual motor skills and language development. Robotics lessons and 21st century learning form part of the curriculum. 

Additional information on the foundation phase 

  • Participation in all sports offered at the school 
  • Reading programme followed intensively 
  • Eisteddfod participation 
  • Participation in the annual countrywide Junior Olympiad (Conquesta) 
  • Continuous assessment in all subjects 
  • Cross assessment in all grades to ensure a high standard of education 
  • Parent meetings three times a year to discuss progress of learners 
  • A formal progress report to show parents the criteria achieved during the term 
  • An Evening of Excellence function at which EVERY learner receives recognition for the work done during the academic year, and recognition for sports and cultural achievements 
  • IT classes once a week that are integrated with the curriculum 
  • Outings to various educational places that integrate with themes covered in class 
  • KDA once a week to develop motor skills and the general physical development of learners 
  • Learner discussions twice a year 
  • Group meetings with therapists 
  • Art club (Grades 2 and 3) 

Progression and promotion 

Curro Durbanville follows the national curriculum, which has once again been revised and is now known as CAPS. We have also added a Curro curriculum to the national curriculum in order to expand the scope of learning. 

At the end of each year the executive head and the operational head together discuss all promotions from Group 5 to Grade 6. Discussions are also held with educators where necessary. 

All the promotions of Grade R to Grade 6 learners in the primary school are done in accordance with the national curriculum document.

Language and literacy 

Home language (English or Afrikaans) and first additional language (English or Afrikaans)  

In the literacy subject, we have incorporated the latest global trend of matching learners to book levels and of teaching guided reading and writing. This develops conceptual understanding at the learners’ own pace. Literacy skills are also taught using structured text types.

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Mathematics

The curriculum has been written with a learner-centric, problem-solving approach leading to an individualised, well-developed number concept in young learners. This facilitates the successful learning of Mathematics as an abstract subject from Grade 4 to Grade 12.

Life Skills

We have added Robotics and Science to this subject as it involves design and a deep level of cognition, which underpins the learners’ creativity in using software to program their Lego educational toys. Collaboration is encouraged by allowing learners to work in pairs.

Intersen phase

In the intersen phase, the emphasis is still on establishing basic foundations but learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. Application of skills and concepts is also a focus area in this phase. This phase aims to prepare learners for the senior phase in the high school. 

We aim to embrace 21st century learning by incorporating the use of tablets into our classrooms. We currently raise children who are ‘digital natives’. By embracing innovative technology into our school, we are speaking the language our learners understand. 

Curriculum 

  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences and Technology 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Life Skills  
  • Information Technology 
  • Arts 
  • Robotics  
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) (Grade 7) 
  • Xhosa 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Durbanville focuses on core subjects, namely Mathematics, Languages, Science and Technology. 

Mathematics 

The Mathematics curriculum has been rewritten to allow for a learner-centric, problem-solving approach. 

Languages 

Curro Durbanville uses an individualised approach of matching learners to book levels as well as using guided reading and writing when teaching languages. Added to this is the implementation of reciprocal teaching of reading to enhance each learner’s deeper reading comprehension.  

Science and Technology 

In Robotics learners build and program Lego robots for 25% of the tuition time. The Science curriculum has been adapted to include 21st century content and learning. 

Additional information on the intersen phase  

  • IT classes and access to the Internet for research 
  • Formal assessments in the form of exams twice a year 
  • Parent/educator discussions three times a year – on occasion learners accompany their parents to discuss their progress and to draw up a joint development plan 
  • Participation in various types of sport 
  • Entrepreneurs Day to promote learners’ marketing skills (Grade 6) 
  • An annual camp for the Grade 6s to create an awareness of our environment – life skills such as leadership and group work are also focused on 
  • Outings in conjunction with the curriculum work covered in class 
  • A learning programme with content that is integrated with the curriculum 
  • Enrichment work 
  • A reading and spelling programme as priority in the intermediate phase 
  • Participation in the eisteddfod 
  • An Evening of Excellence function at which EVERY learner receives recognition for the work done during the academic year, and recognition for sport and cultural achievements 
  • Participation in Olympiads 
  • Participation in IEB core skills test (Grades 4 to 6) 
  • Leadership skills development programmes 
  • Living Maths 
  • IBT tests 
  • Art club 
  • Learner discussions twice a year 
  • Group meetings with therapists and parents regarding the learner’s progress 

Progression and promotion 

Curro Durbanville follows the national curriculum, which has once again been revised and is now known as CAPS. We have also added a Curro curriculum to the national curriculum in order to expand the scope of learning. 

At the end of each year the executive head and the operational head together discuss all promotions from Group 5 to Grade 7. Discussions are also held with educators where necessary. 

All the promotions of Grade R to Grade 6 learners in the primary school are done in accordance with the national curriculum document.

Senior and FET phase

Senior 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 Durbanville 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). 

Curriculum 

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. 

Subjects 

  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics and mathematical sciences 
  • Natural Sciences (Biology and Physical Sciences)
  • Social Sciences (History and Geography) 
  • Technology/ Information Technology 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (including Accounting) 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Arts and Culture 
  • Music 

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.  

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Curriculum 

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. 

Subjects 

Subject choice must include: 

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

Three additional subjects which could include:

  • Physical Sciences  
  • Life Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Accounting 
  • Information Technology 
  • Geography 
  • Visual Arts 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD) 
  • Computer Applications Technology 
  • Dramatic Arts 
  • Music 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • History

IEB

Defining the IEB 

IEB stands for the Independent Examinations Board, a South African assessment agency that conducts assessment for schooling and adult education. It is accredited by Umalusi for examinations in schooling and adult education. It has also been appointed as the Assessment Quality Partner for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) for Foundational Learning Competence, a requirement in occupational qualifications at levels 3 and 4 of the NQF. The IEB has a training unit, IEB Assessment in Education and Training, which is accredited by the ETDP SETA. 

Vision 

The vision of the IEB is to advance quality teaching and learning in South Africa through an assessment process of integrity, innovation and international comparability. 

The IEB is cognisant that assessment is essential in developing learners who are responsible South African citizens, able to negotiate the challenges of a global world.  Through our assessments, we are motivated to develop learners who are: 

  • critical users of information 
  • ethical reasoners 
  • problem-solvers 
  • creative and reflective thinkers 
  • lifelong learners 
  • society members respectful of diversity, particularly in the Southern African context 
  • active citizens who are committed to upholding the principles of the South African Constitution and the wellbeing of all people. 

The IEB supports the position that actively promoting quality education for every South African citizen is fundamental in establishing a just, open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights, in which cultural diversity is appreciated and embraced. 

Mission 

The IEB’s mission is to make a significant, on-going contribution to human resource development through the design, delivery and promotion of a wide range of high quality, affordable assessment products and services to all sectors.  

Values 

The work of the IEB is underpinned by a commitment to the following values: Integrity, respect, commitment and service, professionalism, communication, quality, teamwork. 

For more information visit the IEB website – www.ieb.co.za

School calendar

SCHOOL CALENDAR AND TERM DATES 2019

SCHOOL CALENDAR AND TERM DATES 2020

CURRO DURBANVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019

Timetables

GRADE 8 ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME 2019

GRADE 9 ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME 2019

GRADE 10 ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME 2019

GRADE 11 ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME 2019

GRADE 12 ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME 2019

GRADE 12 FINAL EXAMINATION TIMETABLE 2019

Fees

Curro Durbanville’s school fees are determined by considering several aspects required to maintain high-quality curriculum offerings and services offered by the school.

Download our school fee letter below:

OUR FEES

Enrol

A learner must benefit from Curro’s mainstream curriculum and it is therefore necessary to assess each application for admission. Applicants are assessed according to the normal entry requirements and, if necessary, personal interviews are requested. Successful enrolments are based on availability for the grade applied for.

The enrolment process is as follows:

Step 1:

The following documentation should be completed and submitted along with the application form:

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

CONSENT FOR CREDIT CHECKS

DEBIT ORDER INSTRUCTION

CURRO INDEMNITY FORM

It is important to complete the application-for-admission form thoroughly and to attach ALL other relevant supporting documents indicated in the application-for-admission form.

Step 2:

Submit ALL required documentation to:

  • Physical address: 1 Memento Drive, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville 7550 
  • Enquiries:  021 975 6377  
  • Email enquiries:  Carine Cornelius, Enrolment Administrator, carine.c@curro.co.za

Step 3:

If successful, the parents/guardians/account holder will need to sign the Curro admissions contract. Once the learner has been accepted, relevant details will be captured, at which time parents receive an email confirming the learner’s status of acceptance and a family code. The account holder will receive an invoice for the once-off, non-refundable enrolment fee and the banking details.

Step 4:

Payment of the enrolment fee must be made to secure the learner’s place for the next academic year or term. (Please retain the proof of payment for record purposes.)

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE.

Contact Curro Durbanville

Physical address:

1 Memento Drive
Sonstraal Heights
Durbanville
7550

Postal address:

PO Box 269
CapeGate
7562

Contact details:

Reception: 021 975 6377 Aftercare: 021 975 6309 Castle: 021 975 9977

Email: curroprimary@curro.co.za (Primary school)

currohigh@curro.co.za (High school)

carine.c@curro.co.za (Carine Cornelius, Enrolment Administrator, Curro Durbanville)

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