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High School

High School Subject Information

  • In our Primary School, our pupils are exposed to a wide area of subjects so that pupils can discover where their interests and abilities lie. Our pupils are then exposed to our Elective Programme in Grades 8 and 9 whereby they take 3 electives per semester, along with their 4 core subjects (English, Afrikaans/isiZulu, Life Orientation and Mathematics. The Elective Programme is geared towards uncovering academic intellectual passions and interest areas so that our children can make quality, well-informed decisions for their subject choices at the end of Grade 9. From Grade 10 to Matric, each subject is studied in even greater depth, so it is necessary that a certain amount of specialisation take place. The number of subjects taken is seven, which means that some choices must be made. Grade 10 pupils in 2018 will follow the National Curriculum, continuing in Grades 11 and 12, and culminating in a National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the end of Grade 12. At Thomas More College, pupils will write the matric examinations that are set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).
  • A major feature of the curriculum is that there is only one grade of study for all. Higher Grade and Standard Grade have been abolished. Another feature is that all pupils have to do Core Mathematics orMathematical Literacy, and all do Life Orientation as a formal subject.
  • The NSC promotes the skills of reading, writing and mathematical literacy. It encourages critical thinking and the bringing together of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values in the learning and teaching process. It also aims at developing people who are ready to participate fully and meaningfully in society.

Subjects offered - Grades 8 & 9

Afrikaans
Computer Studies
English
History
Natural Sciences
isiZulu
Physical Education
Religious Education
Art & Culture
Drama
Geography
Mathematics
Design & Technology
Economic & Management Sciences (EMS)
Guidance

Subjects offered - Grades 10, 11 & 12

Accounting
Business Studies
Engineering Graphics & Design (EGD)
Design
Geography
Information Techonology (IT)
Life Sciences
Maths Literacy
Thinking Skills
isiZulu
AP Maths
Afrikaans
Computer Applications Technology (CAT)
Dramatic Arts
English
History
Life Orientation
Maths Core
Physical Science
Visual Arts
AP English

Subject Choices

There is always a tendency among pupils to believe that certain subjects are ‘more fun’ and a ‘soft option’! Only later do they realise that both aptitude and hard work are required. We feel that while parents must not make their children’s choices for them, they must always act as a balancing, and perhaps sobering, influence on them.

A pupil will be required to choose no fewer than seven (7) subjects made up as follows:

Four Compulsory Subjects
– Home Language (English)
– First Additional Language (Zulu or Afrikaans)
– Core Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
– Life Orientation

Student Portal

We have a well-developed Student Portal that we are always adding functionality to, to assist and support students in their learning. This is mainly used by the High School, as the focus starts to shift towards the students becoming more independent and responsible, in preparation for real life. This portal is full of information for the student, and is a landing place for finding links and information that they will find useful.

There is a section here called LMS, that allows subjects to post notes, activities and tasks for their students to be able to access from anywhere that they have an internet connection. We have had a number of parents wanting to see what is in this section, so we have now made a limited “view” of this inside the Parent Portal too. Some of the features available in the Student Portal are shown on the right.

The students are shown how to access the portal during school time, and use the same details to log in as they are given to log in to the school computers. The quick link on the left menu will take you straight to the Student Portal login page.

The address can also be saved in their device’s browser for quick access:

Student portal

Grade 8 Academic Calendar

Grade 9 Academic Calendar

Grade 10 Academic Calendar

Grade 11 Academic Calendar

Grade 12 Academic Calendar

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