Frequently asked questions
Term 1: 13 January – 18 March
Term 2: 4 April – 24 June
Term 3: 19 July – 30 September
Term 4: 10 October – 2 December
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that pupils have the necessary internet connectivity, a suitable computer, operating system, scanner and printer.
- Internet Connectivity:
We recommend ADSL on a line with 4 to 10 Megabits per second (the speed of the line) and at least a 4 Gigabyte cap.
We would not recommend uncapped ADSL as it is often very slow during the day.
Connection speed and reliability are essential to the success of this programme.
This is particularly important over the exam season and it is essential that pupils have an appropriate back-up plan.
A new i3 or i5 computer is good, and an older Pentium quad core will also work.
We advise against working on an iPad as Apple iPad does not support Flash animation, which we use in a number of our courses.
- Operating system:
Windows XP or newer.
Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome (in that order of preference).
- Scanner and printer:
A home scanner is required in order to scan and submit assignments, tests and exams.
A home printer is required.
- Cycle marks are determined by a combination of course assignments, cycle tests and exams when relevant.
- Cycle tests are written according to a schedule which is communicated to the students at the beginning of the year.
- These tests are written on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 09:00 at home under parental supervision.
- Subject teachers may schedule additional tests as the need arises.
- Grade 10 and 11 write exams in June and November.
- Grade 12 write in June, September and October/November.
- An exam timetable is released in good time – usually two to three weeks before the commencement of exams.
- The demands of the curriculum require that the normal work routine continues right up until the exams start.
- Grade 10 June and November exams are written at home under exam conditions with a letter of integrity signed by both parent and student.
- Grade 11 June exams are written at home under exam conditions with a letter of integrity signed by both parent and student.
- Grade 11 students need to make individual arrangements to write their November exams at designated centres in their vicinity.
- Grade 12 students need to locate and receive permission from the nearest IEB exam centre to complete their June, Prelim and Final exams.
- All home exams are written in pen and uploaded for the teacher to mark.
- Each subject is taught by a subject specialist teacher who guides their students through the academic process.
- Students can contact their teachers via Moodle messenger, email or Skype.
- We have a 24 hour turn-around time on all communication.
- Each teacher keeps specific weekly Skype hours which provides further opportunity for students to contact them.
- In most subjects assignments/tasks are due on a weekly basis.
- The subject teacher marks and provides feedback to their students.
- The marks and feedback are available on Moodle for students and parents to view.
- Due dates are non-negotiable and it is essential that pupils meet these deadlines.
- Lack of appropriate interaction with the study material and late and non-submission of assignments constitutes bunking from school and will be dealt with accordingly.
- Students who submit work after the due date (without prior permission from their subject teacher) will receive zero for their submission.
- In particular we are unable to extend any leniency with Grade 12 portfolio work, for which we are bound by external requirements.
- If a Grade 12 student has not completed a certain minimum number of lessons and portfolio assessments by June, entry to the matric exam will be withdrawn. This will be at the discretion of the Principal.
- In considering promotions, we have always and will continue to treat each case on its merits, and consider what is in the best interest of the child.
- However, these criteria are the standards that pupils are expected to reach at each level, and for the most part are in line with those of the government, although in some cases they are higher.
- Minimum requirements Grade 12 students must achieve in order to pass:
- 40% in English and any two other subjects
- 30% in any three subjects
- One subject below 30% as long as the portfolio requirements are met
- Minimum requirements Grade 10 and 11 students must achieve in order to pass:
- 40% in English, Afrikaans and Maths
- 30% in any three other subjects
- One subject below 30%.
- In order to qualify for university endorsement, a student must achieve 50% in any four subjects excluding CAT and Life Orientation (non-designated subjects)
- It is a requirement that all full time HCoS students commit to attending Contact Sessions at Hatfield Christian School. (One visit for Grade 10 and 11 students and three visits for Grade 12 students.) Top-up students are required to attend depending on the demands of their subject.
- Practical components and orals are completed during this time.
- Contact sessions are generally held in March, July and October (Grade 12) and April (Grade 10 and 11). Exact dates are set at the beginning of the year.
- Each session is three days in duration.
- Grade 12s will complete the required IEB assignments and portfolio work.
- Parents make the necessary transport and accommodation requirements.
- During our four terms we have three Academic cycles which are communicated at the beginning of the year.
- All our reporting takes place on our operating system, Moodle.
- Parents can access their child’s marks at any time during the year. However, we will request that you view their comprehensive report at the end of each cycle.
- Students receive printed reports at the end of Grade 11 and for application purposes to tertiary institutions.