Grade 8 and 9

In all our Grades our academic programme accords with the national government’s design. In Grades 8 and 9, therefore, all boys cover the same 11 subjects:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Life Orientation
  • History
  • Geography
  • Arts & Culture
  • Economic and Management Science
  • Technology

In addition each class has a period of Divinity once per fortnight

Some boys are exempt from the requirement to take a second official language (in essence, those who started their schooling in South Africa after Grade 6), and for them French is the option instead of Afrikaans.

Arts & Culture is handled in five streams (Music, Drama, Art, French, Xhosa). Boys who are likely to want to study French, Music or Art from Gr 10 are strongly encouraged to begin with that subject in Gr 8. However, the same is not true for Drama, and it is also not true that Art in Gr 8 is suitable only for the boys who will want to take it long-term. The Music course comes in two forms, one designed for people with some musical experience and who are already studying an instrument, the other requiring no previous musical experience or even commitment to an instrument.