Curro Nelspruit

Curro Nelspruit

Curro Nelspruit is an independent school based on Christian principles. It is situated in the tranquil hills of The Rest Nature Estate. We offer classes for boys and girls from 4 months old to matric (Grade 12). 

Curro Nelspruit offers excellent learning opportunities to both English and Afrikaans learners. Language mediums remain separated up to the end of Grade 9, with the curriculum staying the same for both language groups. Grade 12 leaners have the option to write their IEB (Independent Examinations Board) exams in either Afrikaans or English.  

Curro Nelspruit believes that education is the principal priority for any learner and that all learners should be provided with an education, ensuring that they reach their fullest potential. At Curro Nelspruit leaners have the opportunity to develop their individual talents, critical thinking and technology skills by being actively engaged in the learning process. 

Continuous commitment to improvement ensures that our learners are well-rounded, self-directed, lifelong learners. In order to prepare learners to live in and contribute to a changing world and engage in active, lifelong learning, Curro Nelspruit provides a balanced, varied school curriculum designed to meet the academic, cultural, and social needs of each learner. 

Our mission is to empower all learners to apply their acquired skills and knowledge, and to rely upon their personal attributes to lead productive lives so that they can become contributing members of a global community. This provides a high-quality, comprehensive, and meaningful education for all learners. Each individual is expected to succeed within the bounds of their abilities and chosen educational goals. Each learner is treated as an individual, given the tools to be a lifelong learner, and taught to function as a member of a group and as a productive member of society. 

During your child’s high school years they are sure to find their ideal career path with Curro Nelspruit. We offer high school learners the widest variety of academic subjects any school has to offer in the Lowveld area. 

Our classrooms are equipped with the latest educational teaching aids and equipment. As we are based in a nature estate, we have wonderful natural surroundings that we can use as an outdoor classroom. Learners are encouraged to question the world around them, as well as to apply what they learn to the world in which they live. 

Sport and cultural activities are viewed as key to developing balanced individuals. For this reason, Curro Nelspruit provides an extensive extramural programme and offers state-of-the-art facilities. These include a hockey AstroTurf, with lights for night games, and an accredited Swim South Africa short-course 25 m swimming pool. Educational specialists and therapists are also available on campus. Curro Nelspruit offers aftercare facilities in the primary school and a daily bus service from White River, Ngodwana, Malelane and Sabie. New routes will be implemented as required.  

From January 2017, Curro Nelspruit will start implementing the exciting new Windows 10 2-in-1 device.  Before you purchase a new tablet for your child, click here to read more. 

Leading with game-changing technology! 

Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • Parallel-medium (English and Afrikaans in separate classes) from Group 4 to Grade 7 
  • Dual-medium (English and Afrikaans in the same class) from Grades 10 to 12. 
  • Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 
  • Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 
  • High School phase: Grade 8 to Grade 12 
  • Controlled class sizes 
  • School times vary depending on the Grade. Please see school times for more information. 
  • Aftercare available (13:00 to 17:30) 
  • IEB examination (Grade 12) 

PRIMARY SCHOOL FACT SHEET

HIGH SCHOOL FACT SHEET

Academics

Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 

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 encourage opportunities for growth in independence and responsibility so that learners can take up the challenge of being personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills which focuses on personal, social and health promotion. This learning area also caters for music, computers, robotics, arts and culture 

As well as:

Robotics: Preparing our learners for the future! 

At Curro Nelspruit we strive to give our learners the best possible education. We have integrated robotics into the Natural Sciences curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 6 and we also run a robotics club after school. 

Learners develop skills such as problem-solving, creativity and planning. Robotics also promotes logical thinking. 

The robotics club is for learners who wish to do more extensive robotics. Here they work in teams. We register teams for the Robotics Olympiads. At these Olympiads a specific problem is given to the learners. The learners need to program the robot to perform the movements in order to solve the problem. 

Robotics is educational, fun and an excellent 21st century learning tool. 

For more information, contact Adri Kruger. 

Further attributes within the phase that develop and stimulate learning include: 

  • The curriculum is complemented during the year with content that will interest and motivate the learners. 
  • Parents receive a formal report, which gives them feedback on the learner’s progress. 
  • Educational outings take place. 
  • Communication through parents’ evenings and individual interviews. 
  • A positive learning environment to promote maximum learning. 
  • Extramural activities. 
  • Eye and hearing assessments. 
  • Speech and occupational therapists as well as an educational psychologist are available on campus. 
  • Academic support during school hours. 

Reception phase (Grade R) 

  • We follow a curriculum based on a variety of interesting content and a stimulating environment inside and outside the classroom where the learners can develop to their full potential. 
  • School-readiness tests are compulsory. 
  • Eye and hearing assessments are carried out. 
  • Participation in the eisteddfod. 
  • Speech and occupational therapists as well as an educational psychologist are available on campus. 
  • Robotics. 
  • Reports and regular feedback on the learner’s progress. 
  • Communication through parents’ evenings and individual interviews. 
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Daily times:

Day  From  To  
Monday  07:30    13:00  
Tuesday  07:30  13:30  
Wednesday  07:30  13:00  
Thursday  07:30  13:30  
Friday 07:30 12:55

Intermediate phase

Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 

In the intermediate 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 
  • Life Skills 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Robotics 
  • Economic and Management Sciences with a focus on Accounting (Grade 7) 
  • Applied Mathematics (Grade 7) 
  • Technology (Grade 7) 
  • siSwati 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Computers 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Nelspruit 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 Nelspruit 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.   

The language departments strive to provide learners with exposure to modern and contemporary literature as well as the works of world-renowned and South African poets and writers. Learners are encouraged to express themselves through language and literature. This culminates in participation in public speaking, debating and eisteddfods. 

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. 

Robotics 

Preparing our learners for the future! 

At Curro Nelspruit we strive to give our learners the best possible education. We have integrated robotics into the Natural Sciences curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 6 and we also run a robotics club after school. 

Learners develop skills such as problem-solving, creativity and planning. Robotics also promotes logical thinking. 

The robotics club is for learners who wish to do more extensive robotics. Here they work in teams. We register teams for the Robotics Olympiads. At these Olympiads a specific problem is given to the learners. The learners need to program the robot to perform the movements in order to solve the problem. 

Robotics is educational, fun and an excellent 21st century learning tool. 

For more information, contact Adri Kruger. 

21st century learning 

Teaching and learning now also include the use of tablets in the classroom. Curro Nelspruit 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 

Developing successful adolescents means providing them with life skills, such as team building, leadership and community awareness. For this reason, Curro Nelspruit offers grade camps for approximately one week during the year so that learners have the ability to take part and interact in a diverse set of circumstances, including in physical, mental and social challenges. 

Real Life 4 Kids 

The Grade 5s of Curro Nelspruit are given the opportunity to experience real-life situations in a fun and challenging game called Real Life 4 Kids. This is the fifth year that Curro will be offering this to their Grade 5s. 

It is said that children are poorly prepared for the realities of the financial decisions that they will need to cope with as adults. Real Life 4 Kids seeks to address this by allowing the learners to deal with these decisions in a fun, yet challenging game. 

The game is similar to Monopoly, where the learners are paid to come to school, as well as for good work. This sounds great, but there is a catch. With this money they need to pay for their bus fare, buy a home, pay fines, purchase medical aid and many other life expenses. They do get to earn more money by doing various jobs like being a mayor, selling home-made goods to their classmates, buying stocks and tendering for business. Life happens and disasters strike, people tend not to be honest, with real-life scams happening. There are also community outreaches where you invest your finances and time without financial benefits to you. These are some of the issues they have to deal with. They are exposed to the financial world with EFT transactions, maintaining an income, an expenses balance sheet, as well as taxes. Winners are categorised according to eco-friendly homes, how they play the game, and of course the final winner is the one with the biggest bank balance!

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. 

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We guide them to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be. 

Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, creative thinking and the development of skills and values. Both  individual and group work are evaluated. 

Curro Nelspruit 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) which can be written in either English or Afrikaans in Grade 12. 

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 

  • Advanced programme: Mathematics
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Chemistry 
  • Consumer Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Drama 
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Life Orientation 
  • Mathematical Skills  
  • Mathematics
  • Music 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • siSwati first additional language
  • Technology 
  • Visual Arts 

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.  

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 

  • Accounting 
  • Advanced programme: English 
  • Advanced programme: Mathematics
  • Agricultural Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Computer Applications Technology 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • Geography
  • Life Orientation 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Mathematical Literacy 
  • Mathematics  
  • Music 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • siSwati first additional language
  • Tourism 
  • Visual Arts 

21st century learning 

Teaching and learning now also include the use of tablets in the classroom. Curro Nelspruit 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 

Support 

For further information or support, please contact Elsabe Matthee. 

Important information

  • 2017 new device implementation  
  • MiEbooks manual 2016 
  • Internet use policy 
  • Social media policy

School calendar

SCHOOL CALENDAR AND TERM DATES 2019

SCHOOL CALENDAR AND TERM DATES 2020

Curro Fees

Curro Curro Nelspruit’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: 

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: 

  • BY HAND: Curro Nelspruit, The Rest Nature Estate, Johanna Drive, Sonheuwel, Nelspruit (Attention: Marianne Olivier)
  • EMAIL: enrol.nelspruit@curro.co.za (JPEG or PDF format only)
  • ENQUIRIES:  013 745 9906

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 us

Physical address:

The Rest Nature Estate, Johanna Drive,

Sonheuwel, Nelspruit

Postal address:

PO Box 26981, Steiltes,

Nelspruit, 1213

GPS coordinates: S 25° 30’ 56.1” E 30° 58’ 33.5”

Contact details: 087 087 7812

Email: info.nelspruit@curro.co.za

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