The IEB-ISC is an international qualification in that it is intended to be offered across borders in different countries, particularly in Africa. The term is used specifically to indicate that it is not a qualification of one country that is being offered in other countries but rather one that has been designed with the express intention of being a globally respected qualification for students with an African heritage who want to participate effectively and navigate competently in international communities
The fact that the ISC has been evaluated by (Universities of Southern Africa) USAF and considered to meet the requirements for entry to tertiary institutions, both public and private, in South Africa is a significant indicator of its quality.
SISEKELO ACADEMIC CURRICULUM
The Sisekelo academic programme prepares our pupils for the matric certificate of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) which they sit for in Grade 12- (IEB/ ISC qualification). IEB is an assessment body accredited by Umalusi, the South African statutory body responsible for quality assurance for school and adult assessments.
Grade 8 and 9 (Junior Phrase)
This programme is an introduction to the core subjects for the IEB/ISC curriculum: English, a second language, either siSwati or French or Afrikaans, Mathematics, Natural Science, Economics & Management Science, Information Communications Technology (ICT), Engineering Graphics & Technology, Geography, History and Active Citizenry. There is also a Library period where pupils are encouraged to read for enjoyment and are introduced to various research techniques
Grade 9 Subject Specific Tests [ International Benchmarking Test]-IEB
The Grade 9 Subject Specific Tests are available in English Home Language and Mathematics. The Subject Specific Tests measure learners’ ability in the essential knowledge and competencies deemed to be in place if Grade 9 learners are to meet the demands of the Further Education and Training Band.
These tests are usually written in the first week of November and the learners’ scripts are marked by teachers at Sisekelo using the marking guidelines which are provided online by the IEB. All scripts are returned to the IEB for the standardisation process. The IEB provides feedback to the schools about the achievement of their learners as well as about the school’s performance in relation to the full sample of participating schools.
Grade 10 Academic Programme
Towards the end of the Grade 9 year, pupils will need to make their final subject choice for Matric. English Home Language, Mathematics or Quantitative Reasoning, a second language and Active Citizenry are compulsory subjects. Thereafter, the choice is between Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Engineering Graphics & Technology, Geography, History, Biology, Physical Sciences and Consumer Studies. Our pupils are encouraged to choose more than one subject which may be relevant to their career path. Career guidance is given during Active Citizenry lessons and on Career’s Days.
The Subject Choice Guide is given to Grade 9 pupils at the end of Term 2 in order that a considered choice be made.
Grade 10, 11 & 12
From Grade 10 pupils prepare for the final IEB/ ISC qualification which is internationally recognized. The majority of Sisekelo pupils enter university or university of technology in South Africa and internationally. Those who are accepted generally do so without having to complete a bridging course. This qualification is internationally recognized by top universities in South Africa and abroad.
CONTINUAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME
The academic year is divided into six cycles. Five cycles constitute the Continuous Assessment and the year-end examinations form Cycle 6. The Home Room teacher, together with the subject teacher and the Deputy Head monitors the progress of each individual pupil. In line with the requirements for the IEB/ISC, all subjects are assessed formally and informally at least twice in each cycle.
The Grade 12’s write three examinations, a midyear exam, a trial exam and the external Final Senior Certificate.
(for more information on the IEB/ ISC click:https://www.iebiq.com)
Grade 8 – 11 write end-of-year examinations in November. Where ever appropriate these papers are set in the format similar to the structure of the Final papers in Grade 12.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS REPORTS
Each pupil receives six reports per year. There are three mid-term Effort and Attainment Reports and three End of Term Full reports. Midterm Effort and Attainment reports are given to the pupils to take home, while End of Term reports are emailed to parents.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT and DAILY OBSERVATION REPORTS
Students who are not achieving according to their ability may be placed on a Daily Observation Report which deals expressly with progress on a daily basis. In certain instances, parents may be required to sign these on a weekly basis. Parents are encouraged to make appointments to consult regularly with teachers as and when they deem it necessary.
SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHING
1 on 1 and Group Special Needs Teaching
SCHOOL BASED COUNSELOR
- Individual and Group Counselling
- Transition Counselling
- Leadership Guidance
" CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE''
Sisekelo provides a balanced and varied school curriculum designed to meet the academic, cultural and social needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, in order to prepare our learners to develop into responsible members of society, capable of facing the future with enthusiasm and confidence.