Hermannsburg School, Natal Midlands

Information: Hermannsburg School

 

Location

Hermannsburg, Natal - GPS coordinates: S 29 02,537' E 30 47,814'

Type of school

Lutheran Education

Admissions

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Gender

Co-educational, boys and girls

Grades Taught

Grade R - Grade 12 (Pre-Primary, Primary, High School and also Post Matric)

Telephone

+27 74 125 0054

Fees

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Heritage

English-speaking parents readily sent their children to Hermannsburg because of the high level of education offered at the school - especially while the controversy around Bishop Colenso lasted, and before Hilton College and Michaelhouse were founded.

Hermannsburg has the oldest hostel building in South Africa. The School was initially owned by the Lutheran Church, but is now owned and run by a Trust.

 

 

 

 

Grades 1 - 7
At Hermannsburg, children can start their formal education in the grade 1 year and proceed to matriculate at the end of grade 12 without the disruption of changing schools and the associated changes in friends, ethos and circumstance. The small classes ensure individual attention and the opportunity to meet each child at his or her level.

From grade 1 to grade 7, the scholars are taught the discipline required to achieve consistently good results in the formal arena. Great emphasis is laid on the basic foundations of learning - the ability to read and write, interpret and manipulate information and numeracy skills. A highly competent teaching staff educate the children in English , with German, Afrikaans and isiZulu as additional languages according to the facilities available at the school.
 

 

A scholar's High School career starts in grade 8 at Hermannsburg. Certain subjects are semesterised, with summative examinations in June, in order to cover the work more effectively - this has found favour with teachers, scholars and parents. With the end of grade 9 comes the end of the Senior Phase, and subject choices are made. The subjects offered include Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Life Science, Music, Physical Science & Visual Art. German is offered at either Home Language or 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 for completing their grade 12 year successfully, ending with the IEB NSC examinations.

The IEB has been chosen as it prepares scholars to think independently to a greater extent than many other exit assessments. The research, critical thinking and creative thinking approaches used by the IEB, in conjunction with its international benchmarking set it apart as the best combination of local and international NSC option. Results show that IEB scholars are better prepared for the National Benchmarking Tests and have a better throughput at tertiary levels.
 

 

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