Curro Hermanus

Curro Hermanus

Situated in Sandbaai, Hermanus, Curro Hermanus independent school is a combined parallel-medium (Afrikaans and English) school from nursery school to Grade 12, offering a proud tradition of learning excellence. 


Curro Hermanus has fulfilled all the requirements and is now registered with the IEB as well as the WCED. 

We strive towards excellent learning 

Curro Hermanus strives towards excellent learning and guides learners to master content creatively by acquiring and extending the relevant skills. The content of the various subjects that make up the curriculum acknowledges and is relevant to the ever-changing world we live in. Ultimately our learners should understand how to apply the knowledge they have gained. 

Positive values and norms 

We function within a framework of a Christian ethos and strive for: 

  • A child-friendly environment – core value: respect 
  • Positive discipline – core value: self-respect 
  • Creativity – core value: independent thinking 
  • Excellence – core value: excellence 

Our school accommodates fast, average and slow learners. Small classes enable us to pay individual attention to learners and to provide support where necessary. We also aim to challenge those learners who can progress at a faster pace. 

We invest in human potential 

We invest in continuous staff development. Relevant curricula make dynamic curriculum development inevitable. The members of our executive management team are all experienced curriculum specialists. Effective staff development leads to new and relevant learning content and teaching methods in the classroom. 

We love our learners 

Curro Hermanus’s educators are bilingual and well qualified and they all love children. This is important, because we believe that the positive development of a child’s self-concept is a prerequisite for effective learning. We also believe that positive thinking forms an integral part of our school’s ethos. Furthermore, we believe that there is a future for each and every learner. 

A new school year brings the opportunity for all to make a new start and mend old ways, and allows us to continue building on our traditions and dreams for our school. 

Curro Hermanus aspires to the philosophy of Ad vitam Paramus – We are preparing for life. Our vision is to guide learners from an early age to instil positive values, sound discipline and a strong work ethic. By doing so, we produce learners who are able to meet the challenges of tomorrow. 

We aim to achieve this by: 

  • ensuring a balance between academics, sports and culture 
  • empowering our learners so that they always give their best 
  • creating a safe, caring and enriching environment in which each learner can grow as an individual 
  • providing progressive, technologically advanced and innovative education focused on 21st century skills 


Learners are given the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their leadership skills during the Grade 6 and Grade 11 leadership identification camps. 

The student representative committee (SRC) consists of Grade 7 learners who represent the primary school and Grade 12 learners for the high school. These leaders have undergone an extensive selection process in the form of self-nomination, interviews and individual presentations to the school body. 

Appointment to this committee is done according to a secret ballot system whereby learners and staff vote for a nominee. The SRC serves as a critical voice of the primary and high school learner body and strengthens the link between the learners and the management of the school. 

Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • English home or first additional language 
  • Afrikaans home or first additional language 
  • Foundation phase: Grade 1 to Grade 3 
  • Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 
  • Senior phase: Grade 8 to Grade 9 
  • FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12  
  • Grade R to Grade 9: Parallel-medium (English and Afrikaans in separate classes) 
  • Grade 10 to Grade 12: Dual-medium (English and Afrikaans in one class) 
  • Controlled class sizes 
  • School times vary for primary and high school. Please visit the section on school times for more information. 
  • IEB examination (Grade 12) 
  • A variety of sports 
  • Music lessons and extensive cultural activities


Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade 1 to Grade 3  

Like in all the grades at Curro Hermanus, the emphasis in the foundation phase is placed on individuation – the process where each learner has a personal development plan to ensure that they reach their full potential. We follow an enriched CAPS curriculum and we ensure that the learners have a good foundation for their reading, writing and mathematics skills. 

In the foundation phase, we focus on teaching the foundational skills, concepts and knowledge which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, invitational atmosphere where the learners enjoy coming to school and where they acquire a love for learning, that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; therefore, there is less emphasis on competitiveness and more emphasis on individual achievement. We encourage opportunities for growth in independence and responsibility so that learners can take up the challenge of being personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills (music, art, robotics, IT and physical development (KDA)

Language and literacy 

Home language (English or Afrikaans) and first additional language (English or Afrikaans) 

In the literacy subject, we have incorporated the latest global trend of matching learners to book levels and of teaching guided reading and writing. This develops conceptual understanding at the learners’ own pace. Literacy skills are also taught using structured text types.

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The curriculum has been written with a learner-centric, problem-solving approach leading to an individualised, well-developed number concept in young learners. This facilitates the successful learning of Mathematics as an abstract subject from Grade 4 to Grade 12.

Life Skills

We have added Robotics and Science to this subject as it involves design and a deep level of cognition, which underpins the learners’ creativity in using software to program their Lego educational toys. Collaboration is encouraged by allowing learners to work in pairs.

Intermediate Phase

Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7  

In the intermediate phase, the emphasis is still on establishing basic foundations but learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. The intermediate phase focuses on the continuation of 21st century skills. These skills are summarised as the 3Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic), 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity and innovation) and 2Ms (meta-cognition and motivation). 

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. 

From Grade 4 through to Grade 12, tablets form an essential part of learning and teaching in all subjects. Interactive textbooks are loaded onto the learners’ tablets, where they are able to highlight important content, make notes, draw sketches and browse the Internet for research purposes. Additional content such as videos, documents and even activities can be pushed to the textbooks by educators to enhance the learning experience. By embracing innovative technology into our school, we are speaking the language our learners understand. 


  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills (music, art, life orientation and physical development (KDA)) 
  • Natural Sciences and Technology 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Computer Literacy 
  • Robotics 
  • Bible Studies 
  • Information and Communication Technology 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Hermanus 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 Hermanus 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.  

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 Hermanus 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). 


In this phase the CAPS curriculum is implemented, with Mathematics allowing for a more focused and problem-solving approach. The same literacy principles as in previous phases are included in the home language teaching, with a bigger emphasis on language. 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. 

At the end of Grade 9, learners specialise in specific subjects for their final phase of schooling. 


  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics  
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Social Sciences (History and Geography) 
  • Technology  
  • Economic and Management Sciences (including Accounting) 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Bible Studies 
  • Information and Communication Technology 

High school 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. 

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Subject choice must include: 

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

One elective subjects from each group: 

Home      languageAdditional          LanguageMathematics/       Mathematical LiteracyElective 1Elective 2Elective 3
AfrikaansAfrikaansMathematicsPhysical Sciences₁Life SciencesAccounting
EnglishEnglishMathematical LiteracyBusiness StudiesEngineering Graphics & DesignVisual Arts₂
   Computer Applications TechnologyHistoryHospitality Studies
    Dramatic ArtsGeography

It is compulsory to offer Mathematics with this subject choice. Minimum of 60% recommended for Grade 9 Mathematics.

Selection applies. Learner to submit a portfolio for consideration.

IT – IT will be offered externally and only as an EIGHT subject.
DESIGN – Only for Grade 11 and 12
AD MATHS – Offered online with a tutor
MUSIC – Very specific prerequisites apply. Please consult with Ms Ida van Zyl for more information.

Kindly note that the following subjects entail extra costs:

  • Hospitality Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Additional subjects


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


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 Hermanus’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:  Curro Road, Sandbaai, Hermanus 7200
  • Enquiries:  028 316 4911

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 Curro Hermanus

Physical address:

Curro Road

Postal address:

PO Box 1535

Contact details: 028 316 4911


Curro Hermanus High School –

Curro Hermanus Primary School –

Curro Hermanus Castle –

GPS coordinates:S 34° 24’ 46.60” E 19° 11’ 29.07”

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