Hermannsburg School

HIGH SCHOOL

A Place To Keep Growing

With the world changing around us at an ever-increasing pace, we recognise the need to help develop confident, capable and adaptable young men and women. At our High School, we provide a holistic environment for scholars to pursue academic excellence, form life-long friendships and find their passions.

OUR CURRICULUM

Academics at Hermannsburg

For our Grade 8 scholars, certain subjects are semesterised, with summative examinations in June, in order to cover the workload more effectively. This approach to learning has found favour with teachers, scholars and parents respectively.

By the end of Grade 9, our scholars have reached the end of the Senior Phase, and can make subject choices. Subjects offered at Hermannsburg include Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Life Science, Music, Physical Science & Visual Art. German is offered at Second Additional Language level.

In Grade 10, scholars start the Further Education & Training (FET) phase. For this phase they must choose a minimum of seven subjects at the end of Grade 9, which they will pursue to matriculation at the end of Grade 12. English Home Language, a First Additional Language (Afrikaans or isiZulu), Life Orientation and either Maths or Maths Literacy are then compulsory. Hermannsburg is committed to preparing all scholars for completing their Grade 12 year successfully, ending with the IEB NSC examinations.

The IEB curriculum prepares scholars to think independently, with research, critical thinking and creative problem solving all playing a role in developing a well-rounded education. The IEB curriculum is an international benchmark, and is the best combination of local and internal NSCs. Results show that IEB scholars are better prepared for the National Benchmarking Test and have better results at tertiary levels. 

Depending on the choices made, our scholars are also offered the opportunity to obtain the internationally recognised German Language Diploma (Deutsche Sprachdiplom – DSD), as well as to take Advanced Programme English and Advanced Programme Mathematics which helps to open doors at universities in Germany and further abroad.

The High School has a well-stocked library, modern computer centre, science laboratories and dedicated music facilities, and art classroom, nestled around the quadrangle. Classrooms are fitted with appropriate audio-visual equipment and internet access is available throughout the school buildings.

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Germany Exchange Programme

What is the GEP?

It is the Germany Exchange Programme with the partner school, HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium, in Reutlingen.

Why have the GEP?

The GEP forms part of the skills development of a Hermannsburg scholar, and is an integral part of the DSD1 Speech diploma – it is a first-hand language and cultural experience!

Who participates in the GEP?

Grade 10 & 11 scholars from both schools can participate in the programme. For Hermannsburg scholars, German must have been taken from Grade 8 – 10.

What is the cost factor?

The 8-week programme (4 weeks in South Africa and 4 weeks in Germany) involves hosting of the guest scholars, the flight arrangement and pocket money.

[For 2022 the cost is approx. R40 000.00]

What is the programme like?

Apart from conversing in a “new” language (English/German), being hosted in a family home, visiting noteworthy sights, universities, museums, castles, watching a theatre production and attending classes in the host school, scholars experience daily life, including using public transport as an integral part of the experience. In South Africa, our scholars and their German visitors enjoy exciting visits to game reserves, the ocean and the Berg.

How long has the GEP been running?

The programme was founded in 2004 and, with the exception of travel bans caused by Covid-19, has operated every year except 2020 and 2021. For 2021, a two-week tour of Germany was offered in place of the traditional GEP.

The uniqueness of the programme ties in with the historical and cultural ties with Germany. The GEP is a global and an enriching experience in a protected environment for the independent youth, which develops our scholars resilience, their independence, self-confidence and self-reliance.