Our College runs on a 10 day academic timetable.
07h30 to 14h30 : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
07h30 to 13h05 : Wednesday
The College assumes it’s curriculum at Grade 8, continuing the Senior Phase through to the end of Grade 9. The pupils participate in all Eight Learning Areas, as laid out by the National Curriculum. They end that phase with externally set exit examinations and each obtain a GET Certificate. Those staying on into the FET Band (Further Education and Training) stay in the school for Grades Ten, Eleven and Twelve. In this phase they will carefully select their specialist subjects. At the end of Grade Twelve, the learners sit the IEB (Independent Examination Board) National Senior Certificate.
Canteen / Tuckshop
We have a canteen style tuckshop serving healthy food items at reasonable prices and is managed by Marshall Food Services. The canteen is open throughout the day and closes late afternoon to allow for our co-curricular programme. Pupils have bio-metric access which allows for a cash free canteen.
Class size is limited to mid-twenties, although because of subject choice, some classes may be considerably smaller. Pupils are encouraged to communicate effectively with their teachers. HeronBridge is an English medium, co-educational College and offers a comprehensive programme to prepare the children for life.
Our ultimate aim is the development of sound thinking and problem-solving skills such that the various faculties produce highly educated pupils who are able to tackle new problems effectively and with confidence! Pupils develop the traits of creativity, sensitivity, self-confidence and resourcefulness. Our approach is determined by the pupils’ interests, experience and environment. They are encouraged to express, analyse and substantiate personal opinions, responses and preferences.
Our academic staff are highly qualified and continual professional development is emphasised. Pupils are encouraged to develop a sound work ethic and small class sizes allow for individual attention. Academic Support is available to pupils in every subject.
2010 has seen the introduction of the College’s digital school. Lessons have a technological flavour, pupils use laptops in class and work is sent electronically between school and home. Digidays have been scheduled on a monthly basis in order to emphasise the importance of computers in the learning process.
HeronBridge College launched the “Making School Cool” policy in 2006. We encourage cell phone sms to communicate with our pupils. Our pupils respond well to the theme and it certainly seems like school is cool for them! The canteen vibrates every break with music, cell phones buzz with the daily messages and HBucks are earned with great enthusiasm! HBucks are awarded to pupils for academic, cultural and sporting activities.
This is a programme of diverse activities set to challenge individuals to do their best over the years they are in the College, for themselves, their school and society. There are various levels of award, set for a vast range of activities, from the Squacco Heron award, through the Grey and Purple Heron awards to the ultimate Goliath Heron accolade. The challenges are personal in that individual pupils set their own targets and seek to meet these outside of any assistance from the College.