WHAT WE OFFER
We provide a holistic and balanced education for every student within a broad and inclusive curriculum (academic, social, spiritual, cultural and sporting); promotes a stimulating and challenging learning environment founded on tolerance, mutual respect, caring relations, moral accountability, personal integrity and professional commitment, and recognise the need to work closely and effectively with all stakeholders.
The following values are at the core of the ethos of the International School of South Africa and these core values are based on the ten principles that all members of ISSA are expected to commit themselves to:
- Respect for all
- Hard Work
- Social Awareness
At the International School of South Africa we are very proud to be part of the Cambridge International family of schools. With over 10 000 Cambridge schools in over 160 countries we glean an international perspective for our students and our teachers. We hold a strong platform on the international and national stage with our results taking top place, annually. Our aligned curriculum allows for students to transition swiftly between the Primary, Secondary and Advanced curricular. University registrars indicate that 100% of our Cambridge A-Level students are superbly prepared for university. They also state that our students are able to think critically, analyse logically and communicate effectively.
Our International School community is really a global village of students from a variety of countries around the world. Our teachers adopt current research in lesson planning and preparation to ensure that our millennials students get the best possible educational journey, in a real-life context. We are proud of our success and continue to strive for academic excellence. Words simply cannot articulate our diverse heritage and curriculum; please visit us to experience it yourself.
From our Head Teacher
I am delighted that you have taken the time to go through the Secondary School academic section of this website and I do hope that you will find all the information you need.
This newly updated website includes a range of important information which I hope that you will find very useful. On each of these pages you will find a subject overview which provides you with insight as to how subjects are taught at the school. Over and above this you will find yearly plans which consist of timely outlines as to what is taught in each of the subject areas.
A congenial environment is established in the school by a well-qualified, professional and caring team of teachers, administrators and members of the school community who recognise the merits of good modelling and who always put the needs of the students first. This consequently results in the holistic development of the student. Our vision is to ensure that all students perform to the best of their ability during their educational journey at the school.
At the International School of South Africa we believe the success of our students is due to the coordination of students, teachers and parents working together. Hence the intended communication provides students and parents with information relating to the aims of the content of our curriculum, and of our assessment and reporting procedures.
The International School of South Africa endeavours to develop active, compassionate and lifelong learners, who are caring of and understanding to the needs and differences of other people. This rigorous and diverse programme offers students the opportunity to further develop strengths, improve confidence and tackle developmental areas. Small classes allow for student expression and individuality to be nurtured and enhanced.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any queries regarding the curriculum on offer at the school.
The School offers excellent boarding accommodation for both Primary and Senior students with well-equipped double studies and single studies for older students. There are nine Boarding Houses. Each of the nine boarding houses has its own recreation room.
There is 24 hour supervision by the caring, experienced staff, that include House-parents, Tutors, Councillors and Medical staff.
The House system is central to the social life of the school, encouraging friendly competition in sports, drama, public speaking, debating, singing, academic challenges, as well as school social events.
All of the 9 hostels have now been completely refurbished and boast modern and comfortable furnishings which are continuously being upgraded.
School Terms & Routine
The school follows a three term calendar. The school timetable runs on a weekly basis. The school day begins at 07h20 and ends at 1h30 everyday for all Forms except on a Monday when school ends at 15h30 for Forms 4, 5 and 6. There is compulsory Interhouse on a Monday afternoon from 15h30 to 17h00 and compulsory Cultural activities once a week from 14h30 to 15h30.
Students are expected to involve themselves in sport, cultural activities and extra tuition in the afternoons.
School Time Table
It is the responsibility of the Academic Head to ensure that the timetable for the year is drawn up and runs successfully. The school timetable runs from Monday to Friday. Each period is 35 minutes and subjects could be conducted in wither single periods or double periods as per the requirements of the Subject Departments. Mathematics for Forms 1 to Form 3 must be everyday and there will therefore be some days with single periods. The first period on a Monday is Assembly, which is formal and Friday last period is an informal assembly conducted by the Prefect body.
EAGLES, FALCONS, HAWKS
The study and use of Information Communication Technology forms a backbone to all our day to day activities. Our department acts as the Educational glue that holds together the different departments of the International School of South Africa community.
In Line with the International Cambridge curriculum the ICT department aims to develop:
knowledge of ICT including new and emerging technologies
self-directed and astute use of ICT
prepare learners for the world of work – Digital Citizens computational thinking
Solving problems by using computers
At a secondary level the department offers Computer Science. The subject content is designed:
to provide a general understanding and perspective of the development of computer technology and systems. to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that use computer science to develop their knowledge and understanding of computer science through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computer science or more specialist aspects of computer science.
The department continues to keep itself updated by interfacing with the rest of the world through various means of digital communication.
It is the responsibility of the Academic Head to ensure that the timetable for the year is drawn up and runs successfully. The school timetable runs from Monday to Friday. Each period is 35 minutes and subjects could be conducted in wither single periods or double periods as per the requirements of the Subject Departments.
Mathematics for Forms 1 to Form 3 must be every day and there will therefore be some days with single periods. The first period on a Monday is Assembly, which is formal and Friday last period is an informal assembly conducted by the Prefect body.
The Medical Centre is situated above Phala and Tshukudu Houses, and has three Sick Bays, Treatment Room and Office/Surgery, plus bathroom facilities.
There is one full-time Nursing Sister, providing a 24-hour care and service.
- Conference centre; training venues
- Boarding accommodation (9 boarding houses accommodating 50 persons per house
- Catering, theatre; classrooms
- Sporting facilities
- Soccer/rugby/hockey fields
- Tennis courts, netball courts, squash courts (4 glass-backed courts)
- Swimming pool (25 metres)
- Basketball/volleyball courts
- Athletics track
- Gymnasium gym centre