Saint Conrad’s College’s athletes take winning very seriously, but they also take great pride in their academic performance and understand its importance in the bigger picture.
It is very easy to explain the importance of education. No human being is able to survive properly without an education. Only by means of an education can one’s potential be maximised. Education tells people how to think, how to work properly and how to make decisions. One can only create a separate identity through education. It is just as important as fulfilling our basic needs – food, clothes and shelter. Education enabled us to know how to interact with others and how to make friends.
Education is a productive and beneficial factor in a person’s life. It is everyone’s right to receive an education. The training of a human mind is not complete without education. It enables an individual to receive information from the external world. It notifies him/her of past events and enables him/her to receive all essential information concerning the present.
When one travels around the world, one observes to what an extraordinary extent human nature is the same, whether in India or Australia, London, Europe or America. Conservative education makes independent thinking extremely complicated. If we are being educated merely to achieve distinctions, to get a better job, to be more efficient or to have wider domination over others, our lives will be shallow and empty. If we are being educated only to be scientists, to be scholars wedded to books, or specialists addicted to knowledge, then we shall be contributing to the destruction and misery of the world.
We may be highly educated, but if we are without meaningful combination of thought and feeling, our lives are incomplete. Education develops a meaningful outlook on life.
Each individual is different, but to accentuate the differences and to encourage the development of a definite type education is a must.
It is not only a matter of training the mind. Training makes for efficiency, but it does not bring about completeness. Knowledge and efficiency are necessary, which are brought about by education.
Education should help us to discover lasting values; unfortunately, the present system of education is making us submissive, emotionless and deeply thoughtless. Systems, whether educational or political, are not changed without explanation; they are transformed when there is a fundamental change in ourselves. The individual is of first importance, not the system and as long as the individual does not understand the total process of himself, no system can bring order and peace to the world.
At Saint Conrad’s College, education is our top priority. We endeavour to develop our learners in body, mind and spirit. Come and experience true education in its essence!
Independent Examinations Board (IEB)
Our matriculants write the Senior Certificate Examinations of the Independent Examination Board.
The IEB is a national, rather than provincial examination board, which has been in operation for over ten years. In this short time, the IEB has grown from a handful of people to a highly influential organisation, providing services to over 2 000 centres of learning around the country. This replaced the old Joint Matriculation Board.
All syllabuses are based on the National Core Curriculum, therefore our learners are taught the same subject matter as learners writing provincial examinations. The examinations set by the IEB, however, are largely “skills” based. The development of these skills during the learner’s school years will stand him/her in excellent stead to cope with any type of tertiary studies.
The role of the IEB
The IEB was established in 1988, when the Joint Matriculation Board was made redundant. It is committed to promoting better teaching and learning within the outcomes-based education framework.
• Maintains high standards and integrity.
• Produces reliable results.
• Ensures good correlation between results and real ability for success in future studies.
• Utilises assessments to influence teaching and learning positively.
• Creates the opportunity for educators to be involved in the assessment process.
Yes it does. The IEB also administers the following:
• A Senior Certificate National Exam for over 150 independent schools in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
• A General Education and Training Certificate(GETC) qualification. This exam is written during the Grade 9 year. It is a compulsory exam for all learners, as they may leave school at the end of this year.
The number of participating schools has risen considerably over the past few years. It is considered to be a well-administered examination, with a high quality of marking and moderation keeping abreast of international trends. Representatives of the IEB are in consultation with the education authorities to ensure its relevance and to debate issues of educational importance.
The IEB sets up user groups for subject educators to meet regularly to discuss matters relating to the curriculum, teaching and to the formal examinations. Saint Conrad’s College’s educators attend these regularly.
It will continue to be an examination body in the new National Senior Certificate, the first examination of which will be conducted in 2008. The IEB has been requested by the National Department of Education to offer examinations for the country in the non-official languages for the new National Senior Certificate.
The IEB has greater flexibility. It demands that learners do not just rote learn, but are given skills that enable them to access, use and internalise information. Students are assessed on how they use knowledge and on the process of getting to an answer, rather than focusing on the acquisition of facts only.
It is a secure examining body. It has not had leaked papers, invalid marking, upward adjustment of learners’ marks to reach an acceptable national average or any other situation, which would cast doubt on its validity or value.
The IEB has to comply with the national core syllabus and The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi), which issues all matric certificates and the Matriculation Board, which endorses the rules of combination governing the grouping of subjects at matric level.
The IEB is accredited by Umalusi as an examining body and has a good working relationship with the National Department of Education. It is also a valued participant in national and inter provincial examination structures and bodies.
This accounts for two important facts:
Saint Conrad’s College as an IEB school cannot change the grouping of subjects for the purposes of matric and it has to comply with the requirements for matric exemption.
The same certificate is issued to students regardless of which examining board conducts the final exam. While universities are not able to select students based on the examination they wrote, it is a fact that students who have written the IEB examination tend to perform better at university and complete their undergraduate studies in the minimum stipulated time. This was confirmed in a recent study undertaken by the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Yes. IEB learners with C symbols and above have been accepted at universities in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, America, Canada, India and Germany, including such prestigious institutions as Oxford, Cambridge, Yale and Harvard. IEB examinations have been benchmarked internationally against systems, such as the Scottish Examination, which is internationally recognised as a leading country regarding educational standards.
Saint Conrad’s College believes the choice of the IEB as its examining board is the best decision and that our learners will go out into the world confident and well prepared.
We believe that the IEB:
• Will continue to maintain high standards in education and assessment.
• Will positively seek to improve the quality of education.
• Will continue to make an outstanding contribution to South African education.
• Will continue to offer the latest, educationally beneficial approaches to assessment.
• Will provide our learners with wider opportunities, both nationally and internationally.
• Will provide our educators with the skills and expertise to encourage independent thinking and exploration in our learners.
The following sports activities are offered at Saint Conrad’s College:
• Cross country.
The following cultural activities are offered at Saint Conrad’s College:
• Art club.
• Speech craft.
• Spirit teams.
• Talent shows.
The following additional activities are offered at Saint Conrad’s College:
Head of High School
Riaan Jansen van Rensburg
Geography, Grade 10
Head of GET Phase
Social Sciences, Grade 8 to 9
Religious Education, Grade 12
Head of FET Phase
Computer Applications Technology, Grade 10 to 12
Maths, Grade 10 to 12
Accounting, Grade 8 to 10
Grade 10 to 12
Arts and Culture, Grade 9
Visual Arts, Grade 10 to 12
English, Grade 8 to 9
Natural Sciences, Grade 8
Life Sciences, Grade 10
English, Grade 9 to 10
Arts and Culture, Grade 8
Anesta Janse van Rensburg
Life Orientation, Grade 8
Business Studies, Grade 10
Accounting, Grade 11 to 12
Grade 9 to 12
Maths, Grade 8, 11 to 12
English, Grade 11 to 12
Grade 10 to 11
Afrikaans, Grade 8
Setswana, Grade 8 to 12
Technology, Grade 8 to 9
Grade 10 to 11
Information and Communications Technology, Grade 8
Information Technology, Grade 10 to 12
Engineering Graphics and Design, Grade 9 to 12
Head of St Vincent Boys Boarding
Economics and Management Sciences, Grade 8 to 9
Grade 10 to 12
Afrikaans, Grade 10 to 12
Head of St Theresa
Head of sport
High school personal assistant
Grade 1 to 3 and Learners with Special Educational Needs
Saint Conrad’s College cares
The Interact Group constantly strives to fulfil its mission: “Make a difference”. A big group of high school learners have joined hands to work for charity, particularly the Hospice in Klerksdorp. They have many “drives“ for jerseys, food, blankets and whatever is needed, which are then delivered to the different places in need of it around town. Old crayons, scrap paper for artwork and stationery are always in demand. The high school learners should be proud of themselves.
On 26 July, Interact Group members visited Khaya Tshepo. This daytime orphanage survives purely on donations and love. The group delivered toys, clothes and baby supplies that had been donated to the group. The highlight of the day was spending time with the children. The hugs and smiles that were received reminded everyone that even the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference. Many thanks to everyone who is always willing to help!
On 18 May the Interacters pursued their ethos by making a difference at Khaya Tshepo.
Khaya Tshepo recently received a cheque from AngloGold Ashanti, which enabled them to re-open their doors, seeing that they had to close due to a lack of funds (Khaya Tshepo is a non-profit organisation that survives on donations), but they needed additional help, so the Interacters rushed to their aid.
28 Interacters gave up their Saturday to support and help this worthy cause by donating paint, painting supplies and by painting all the equipment on the playground, aiming to brighten up the overall appearance of the home. They experienced a day filled with lots of fun, plenty of laughing, hard work and loads of paint.
When finished they had noticed that they had not only brightened up the home, but also brightened up their clothing, faces and even their hair. The playground now looks fantastic; filled with bright colours.
For the past two months Interacters took charge of a project known as the winter drive. The aim of the drive is to help the elderly, children and animals survive the icy African winter. Old clothing, blankets, food, pet food, as well as stationery and school equipment were collected. A fundraiser that brought in approximately R2 100 was also held, enabling them to buy blankets and warm tracksuits for children in an orphanage. Thanks to the generosity of the school, learners and parents they collected over 100 blankets. The response the Interacters have received for this drive was phenomenal and six different places in need benefited from the drive.
On 10 June they visited the SPCA where they delivered the pet food and the blankets, Unie Primary School where they donated stationery and headphones and Khaya Tshepo where they also donated stationery. On 12 June everything else that had been collected was distributed.
Emmanuel House – home for the elderly and disabled in Jouberton was also visited. 80 blankets (one for each person), clothing, as well as towels, soap and a sanitary chair for the disabled were donated.
Stationery, teaching equipment and school equipment were donated to Pelonomi Intermediate School.
The mission ended at the Boitshoko Day Centre in Khuma, a centre which helps mentally challenged people and orphans. Tracksuits, blankets and food were donated.
It was a heart-warming experience to see the smiles of gratitude that came from each and every person. The group would like to thank the teachers and parents of Saint Conrad’s College for all their contributions and support.