Holy Rosary School/Academics


Our girls write the Independent Examinations Board’s (IEB) National Senior Certificate Examinations, which are of a consistently high academic standard and which prepare students very effectively to cope with the demands of tertiary education. We implement the prescribed academic curriculum from the Department of Education.


Grade 8 and 9 - the following subjects are included in the curriculum

  • English Home Language

  • Afrikaans (First Additional Language)

  • isiZulu (Second Additional Language)

  • Mathematics

  • Life Orientation (Religious Education, Physical Education and Career Guidance)

  • Arts and Culture (Art and Music)

  • Accounting

  • Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences and Life Sciences)

  • Social Sciences (Geography and History)

  • Technology ( Design and Technology, Food Technology and Computer Technology)

Grade 10 to 12 subjects



  • English Home Language

  • Life Orientation  


A choice of one of the following       

First Additional Languages:    


  • Afrikaans

  • isiZulu  

A choice of one of the following: 

  • Mathematics

  • Mathematical Literacy

A choice of three of the following:

  • Accounting

  • Consumer Studies           

  • Geography

  • History

  • Computer Applications Technology

  • Information Technology

  • Life Sciences

  • Physical Sciences

  • Visual Arts

  • Music

*Advanced Programme subjects are also available

Extra-Curricular subjects

These are extra-curricular subjects and are not included in the normal timetable. They are done in a private capacity, where payment of these lessons needs to be arranged directly between the teacher and the student. The lessons follow the necessary requirements as laid out by the IEB.

  • *Advanced Programme Mathematics: serves to extend the students’ learning beyond the normal Mathematics curriculum and towards more complex mathematical topics. Finance, Calculus and Statistics are included, and other modules such as Mathematical Modelling and Matrices are also part of the syllabus. The lessons take place once per week for 1.5 to 2 hours. Extra lessons are held when the necessity arises.

  • *Advanced Programme English: this is an extra subject offered by the IEB, and intended for those students who have displayed the ability to cope well with the demands of this subject. It is intended to extend their knowledge and skills, with works of literature which are challenging and stimulating. This course begins in Grade 11 and is partly self-studied, with weekly 2 hour lessons after school.

  • Additional languages: Holy Rosary makes allowances for additional languages (Portuguese, German, Italian etc.) to be studied in Grades 10, 11 and 12. The language will count as an ‘eighth’ subject.


The matric curriculum is designed to give our girls the best all-round education to prepare them for tertiary education and for any career they may decide to follow.

Our Head Girl 2020/21, Athule Beseti, will provide you with an overview of academics at HRS- have a listen. 

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