Phase 3 (Grades 7 - 9)
Although the Senior Phase is officially the start of the next phase of our pupils’ schooling, Grade 7 is still regarded as the last year of senior primary school. This is followed by the excitement of the first year of high school. The key difference between primary and high school lies in the fact that high school pupils are expected to be more independent, with each girl being held accountable for her own learning experiences in all spheres of school life.
While Grade 7 sees the girls being taught by more teachers (subject specialists), it is in Grades 8 and 9 that pupils move between subject classrooms/specialist rooms. Assessment is now frequently focussed on the application of knowledge and is often source-based. Critical thinking and creative problem-solving become increasingly important at this stage.
Learning areas include:
English Home Language
Afrikaans or isiZulu First Additional Language
Social Sciences: History and Geography
Technology: Computer and Design Technology
Arts and Culture: Visual Art, Drama and Music (not taken after grade 7)
Life Orientation: Guidance, Physical Education and Religious Education.
Economic and Management studies
At Our Lady of Fatima DCS we write the Independent Examination Board (I.E.B.) Matriculation Examinations. Our past pupils have a proven track record at tertiary education level with many having received scholarships for Honours, Masters and Doctoral programmes both locally and abroad.
Compulsory learning areas include:
English Home Language
Afrikaans or isiZulu FAL
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Life Orientation: Life skills education and career guidance, Physical Education and Religious Education
Subject choice options include:
Advanced Programme English
Advanced Programme Mathematics
Regular contact between the school and parents is vitally important. Parents’ Evenings provide a platform for the discussion of the girls’ academic progress, and we encourage parents to discuss both academic and other pertinent matters with the relevant teachers or a member of management whenever concerns arise.
The pupils at Fatima are encouraged to participate fully in the varied extra-mural programme offered during the year: Athletics, Outdoor and Action Netball, Indoor and Outdoor Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country, Touch Rugby, Soccer, and Horse Riding.
Arts and Culture
Talented young actresses, singers and dancers have the opportunity to perform in House Plays, School Plays and Musical Revues. The Senior and Chamber Choirs (from Grade 8) perform at different festivals, concerts and weddings.
In addition to field trips, outreach programmes and academic excursions, the girls are encouraged to challenge themselves by entering external competitions such as the Mathematics and English Olympiads, the Bridge Building Competition and the Sustainable Living Expo among others.
The school‘s religious ethos is celebrated at the assemblies held during the week and at special Friday masses during the term.