Westering offers a wide choice of subjects that enables pupils to go to either University, or various other tertiary institutions, or to pursue a career in business or a trade.

Grade 9 pupils are counselled each year to explain the choices for the National Senior Certificate course. It is very important that the correct choices be made at this stage, particularly with regard to later tertiary education entrance.

NON-EXAMINATION SUBJECTS
  • All pupils attend BIBLE EDUCATION classes.(except if parents request they not attend)
  • All pupils have Life Orientation.
TIMETABLE

There are 7/8 periods per day of approx  40 minutes each.  There is a daily class teacher period.

EXAMINATIONS

These are held in June and November. Parents are invited to parent evenings in April & July where they can meet the teachers and chat about marks from the 1st and 2nd terms. Matrics also write a September trial examination.

Provisional Departmental dates for Gr 12 in 2015 as below:(Can be changed)

Trial (Sept Exam): Start: Monday, 31st August. End: Thursday, 01st October.(CAT Prac. &, IT Prac. maybe earlier).

Final Exams(Oct/Nov): Start: Monday, 26 October. End: Friday 27th November for Westering Students.
(Practical exams are written on 19/10 for CAT and 20/10 for IT). For matrics, supplementary exams and remarks must be applied for early in January 2015.

TESTS

1st and 3rd Term reports are based on tests, assignments, investigations, projects and practicals. Parents are requested to sign all standardised tests marked by teachers, as well as other written work, such as essays, pracs, projects and assignments as requested.

SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT

Work done by the pupils is evaluated and should be kept in a portfolio. These marks are accumulated during the whole year.

In Grade 8 and 9,  40% to 60% of the final examination mark in all subjects is based on this work done during the year.
In Grade 10-12 this schoolbased assessment is usually 25% (but 50%) in practical subjects.

HOMEWORK

Every pupil must use a homework diary. Parents are requested to check the diary occasionally. The following is a guide to the amount of time pupils should spend on homework:

  • Grade 8  –  7½ hours per week
  • Grade 9  –  10 hours per week
  • Grades 10 & 11  –  12 hours per week
  • Grade 12  –  15 hours per week (+/- 2hrs per day)
MUSIC

Music tuition as a subject or an extra-mural is offered. Parents pay for lessons if it is taken as an extra subject.  (Musical instruments can be hired from the school for a fee if the instruments are available.) Singing (voice) may be taken as an ‘instrument’ for music as a subject.

COMPUTERS

Westering has seventy (70) computers for the use of pupils in IT and CAT classes. Subject teachers can take pupils to these rooms. These computers are linked to the internet.

Our library also has a number of  computer terminals with Internet links. These may be used by learners for research purposes. They may have to pay for internet time.

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Pupils can earn Academic Scrolls (Merit, Colours and Honours) for excellent achievements in two consecutive  examination terms. (June & November)

Top 15 badges are also handed out twice a year in January and July.

Prize giving, held early in the 4th term, recognises top pupils in the different subjects and the different grades at separate prize giving  ceremonies for junior  and seniors.

GRADES 8 AND 9  (General Education And Training : GET)

The grade 8 learners continue with the senior phase of the General Education and Training (GET) , which they start at Primary school.   At the end of their grade 9 year they sit for their GETC (General Education and Training Certificate).   This is the end of compulsory schooling and they may exit the system at this stage. During the last two years of this phase (grades 8 and 9) the learners master eight learning areas(2 languages form one LA).

The subjects (taken by all pupils) are :

English Home Language
Afrikaans or Xhosa  ( First Additional Language)
Mathematics
Social Sciences(SS)  – which includes History & Geography
Natural Sciences( NS) which includes Science and Biology
Economic and Management Science( EMS)  –  Accounting  & Business Economics
Life Orientation (LO)
Creative Art  (CA)
Technology ( a wide variety of  information and  methods of how things work).

To pass this course, pupils must pass six subjects which must include 50% in the Home Language, 40% in Maths and 40% in first additional language(Afrikaans/isiXhose).

 

GRADE 10 -12: (Further Education And Training : FET)

All Grade 10’s must select from the following courses working towards the National Senior Certificate in Gr 12

This section contains core information needed to make a decision as to which subjects must be taken in Gr 10 for the National Senior Certificate (NSC-FET) written in Gr 12.

A pupil must do 7 subjects 4 compulsory subjects from Group A (including two languages) and three from Group B

Group A (All compulsory)

  1. English (Home Language)
  2. Afrikaans or Xhosa (Additional language)
  3. Life Orientation
  4. Maths or Maths Literacy

 

Group B: (Must do 3 of these )

History,  Geography,  Life sciences(Biology),  Physical Science,  Accounting, Business Studies,  Consumer Studies,  Tourism,  Music, Visual Arts(Art), Computer Applications Technology(CAT), Information technology (IT).

* Pupils can change subjects in Grade 10 but this will be difficult because of teacher

and timetable constraints.

*June exams in Gr 9 are a good indication of the child’s ability to do a subject

*Pupils doing Physical Science or IT must take pure/core Maths(Not Literacy).

*Pupils may not do CAT and IT

*Pupils may not do Consumer Studies and Hospitality studies.

*Pupils wanting to study Medicine, Science, Engineering or Commerce degrees must take pure/core Maths

Note: A pupil can do additional subjects in his / her own time.

Levels

7 80-100%
6 70-79
5 60-69
4 50-59
3 40-49
2 30-39
1 0-29

Pass requirements:

40% in Home Language

40% in Two other subjects

30% in Three more subjects

There must be a complete portfolio of evidence of school assessment in the 7th (could be failed) subject.

  • Immigrants who arrived in Gr 7 or later will be able to do their home language if it is on the list of approved subjects. Alternatively they can apply to do another Group B subject. (Special form must be sent in to Dept. in Gr 10,11,12).

Assessment:

Consists of formal and informal testing, investigations, projects, practicals, assignments etc

CASS(internal marks):   25% School based assesment (SBA)

Final end of year exam:  75%

Life Orientation is 100% internally examined.

NSC external exams are held in November.