Curro Helderwyk

Curro Helderwyk

Curro Helderwyk independent school is situated within the upmarket Helderwyk Estate, Brakpan. We are known for our policy to always put the interests of our learners first and it is our vision that every learner will develop and grow to their full potential.  

Learners at Curro Helderwyk are exposed to a quality learning programme in the fields of academics, sport and culture within which they can grow and develop their own, individual abilities. 

We provide an excellent, quality education, including sport and culture, to learners from Grade R to Grade 12. 

Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • Teaching language: English 
  • Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 
  • Intermediate phase: Grades 4 to 7 
  • High school phase: Grade 8 to 12 
  • Class size: Manageable class sizes 
  • School times vary depending on the grade. Please see school times for more information. 
  • Aftercare available every day until 17:30 (Pre-school and primary school)
  • IEB examination (Grade 12) 
  • Curro bus service (limited space)


Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 

In the foundation phase, we focus on enhancing the foundational skills (such as fine and gross motor, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication) which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, aesthetic environment where the learners are able to flourish and acquire a love for learning that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; the emphasis is less on competitiveness and more on individual achievement. We create opportunities for personal growth with regards to independence and responsibility so that learners are able to acquire these skills and responsibility to be accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase. We also develop citizenship and character building. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy  
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

Perceptual development forms an integral part of all learning in the foundation phase, and includes gross motor skills, sensory motor integration, perceptual motor skills and language development. Robotics lessons form part of the curriculum.

Intermediate phase

Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 

In the intermediate phase learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. Application of skills and concepts is also a focus area in this phase. This phase aims to prepare learners for the senior phase in the high school. 

We aim to embrace 21st century learning by incorporating the use of tablets into our classrooms in Grade 7. We aim to raise children who are digitally responsible. The inclusion of technology in our school enhances collaborative skills, responsibility, research and creativity. 

Our focus continues to be on the child as an individual, and to do this in such a way that he or she can work towards a self-developed and independent future. We believe in extending and constantly challenging our learners to achieve their potential. We strive to create an atmosphere that is child-friendly to ensure the holistic development of each learner. Our educators will assist the learners to work self-sufficiently and on a level with which they are familiar. 


  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Technology 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Computer Literacy 
  • Robotics 
  • Arts and Culture 
  • Dance (Grades 1 to 6) 
  • Music (Grades 1 to 6) 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS), Grade 7 only 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Helderwyk focuses on core subjects, namely Mathematics, Languages, Science and Technology. 


The Mathematics curriculum has been rewritten to allow for a learner-centric, problem-solving approach. 


Curro Helderwyk uses an individualised approach of matching learners to book levels as well as using guided reading and writing when teaching languages. Added to this is the implementation of reciprocal teaching of reading to enhance each learner’s deeper reading comprehension.  

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Science and Technology

In Robotics learners build and program Lego robots for 25% of the tuition time. The Science curriculum has been adapted to include 21st century content and learning.

Senior and FET phase

High school phase: Grade 8 and Grade 9 

Our ethos is governed by Christian values, where learners are encouraged to explore and express their individuality within acceptable boundaries, and ultimately take responsibility for their actions. 

We guide them to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be. 

Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, critical thinking and the development of skills and values. Both individual and group work are evaluated. 

Curro Helderwyk produces a community of teenagers who know how to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives. 

Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). 


The same literacy principles as in previous phases are included in the home language teaching. In the Science and Technology curriculum we focus not only on 21st century technology, but also on nanotechnology and a study of the Da Vinci inventions. This is all done with CAPS and the IEB in mind. 


  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Technology 
  • Economic and Management Sciences 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Arts and Culture 
  • IT

FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12 

In the FET phase, learners make their subject choices. Curro offers learners a wide selection of subjects, enabling them to pursue these further for their chosen careers. Learners are thoroughly informed, enabling them to make wise choices, and are encouraged to include Mathematics and Science. In the FET phase emphasis is placed on thorough preparation for the IEB matric examination.  



We are very aware that, at the end of their school careers, learners need to excel in their matric examination to ensure access to tertiary education institutions and selection for their areas of study. Although we take Grade 10 to Grade 12 very seriously, we realise that a purely examination-driven approach is not the answer. Curro has developed an additional inter-Curro subject-head system to ensure that we have quality assurance across schools. This system extends well beyond examinations and question banks, enabling educators to share resources, teaching ideas and material that can be used on tablets to enhance learning and the development of 21st century skills. 


Subject choice must include: 

  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy 
  • Life Orientation 

Three additional subjects which could include: 

  • Physical Sciences 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT) 
  • Accounting 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • Visual Arts 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD) 

Support committee 

Aim: To assist our learners in a holistic way, to improve their general well-being and academic performance. 

Areas of intervention: 

  1. Academics (poor achievement, under achievement) 
  2. Emotional support


Defining the IEB 

IEB stands for the Independent Examinations Board, a South African assessment agency that conducts assessment for schooling and adult education. It is accredited by Umalusi for examinations in schooling and adult education. It has also been appointed as the Assessment Quality Partner for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) for Foundational Learning Competence, a requirement in occupational qualifications at levels 3 and 4 of the NQF. The IEB has a training unit, IEB Assessment in Education and Training, which is accredited by the ETDP SETA. 

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The vision of the IEB is to advance quality teaching and learning in South Africa through an assessment process of integrity, innovation and international comparability. 

The IEB is cognisant that assessment is essential in developing learners who are responsible South African citizens, able to negotiate the challenges of a global world.  Through our assessments, we are motivated to develop learners who are: 

  • critical users of information 
  • ethical reasoners 
  • problem-solvers 
  • creative and reflective thinkers 
  • lifelong learners 
  • society members respectful of diversity, particularly in the Southern African context 
  • active citizens who are committed to upholding the principles of the South African Constitution and the wellbeing of all people. 

The IEB supports the position that actively promoting quality education for every South African citizen is fundamental in establishing a just, open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights, in which cultural diversity is appreciated and embraced. 


The IEB’s mission is to make a significant, on-going contribution to human resource development through the design, delivery and promotion of a wide range of high quality, affordable assessment products and services to all sectors.  


The work of the IEB is underpinned by a commitment to the following values:  Integrity, respect, commitment and service, professionalism, communication, quality, teamwork. 

For more information visit the IEB website –

School calendar




Curro Helderwyk’s school fees are determined by considering several aspects required to maintain high-quality curriculum offerings and services offered by the school.

Download our school fee letter below:



A learner must benefit from Curro’s mainstream curriculum and it is therefore necessary to assess each application for admission. Applicants are assessed according to the normal entry requirements and, if necessary, personal interviews are requested. Successful enrolments are based on availability for the grade applied for. 

The enrolment process is as follows: 

Step 1: 

The following documentation should be completed and submitted along with the application form:





It is important to complete the application-for-admission form thoroughly and to attach ALL other relevant supporting documents indicated in the application-for-admission form. 

Step 2: 

Submit ALL required documentation to: 

  • Physical address: 46 Tandelsberg Street,Helderwyk Estate, Helderwyk, Brakpan, 1541 
  • Email:
  • Enquiries: 087 285 2100

Step 3: 

If successful, the parents/guardians/account holder will need to sign the Curro admissions contract. Once the learner has been accepted, relevant details will be captured, at which time parents receive an email confirming the learner’s status of acceptance and a family code. The account holder will receive an invoice for the once-off, non-refundable enrolment fee and the banking details. 

Step 4: 

Payment of the enrolment fee must be made to secure the learner’s place for the next academic year or term. (Please retain the proof of payment for record purposes.)

Contact us

Physical address:

46 Tandelsberg Street
Helderwyk Estate

Postal address:

46 Tandelsberg Street
Helderwyk Estate

GPS coordinates: S 26° 15’ 50.53”  E 28° 18’ 30.60”

Contact details: 087 285 2100


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