GPS coordinates: S 29° 02,537’ E 30° 47,814’
The medium of instruction is English. All scholars attend regular German lessons. In the High School, History tuition is bilingual, in both German and English, leading to the IEB examination in Grade 12.
The Grade 12 scholars write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate examinations. Scholars who achieve 60% or more in each of their subjects and have passed Mathematics in these examinations, are afforded the chance to study abroad in Germany without having to write additional entrance examinations. Study permits and entry to German universities are fast-tracked, on application, to scholars matriculating from the DSH. Writing the IEB examinations ensures a guaranteed standard. Our teachers constantly attend user-group and cluster meetings at which ideas are exchanged with other schools writing the IEB examinations.
A German language diploma (Deutsches Sprachdiplom C1) is written by all scholars. This allows our scholars easy access to German tertiary education institutions. In the ever-shrinking global village, this is an important opportunity.
Use of the modern computer centre, and the FUTUREKIDS computer programme which is taught from Grade 1 to 12, stands the scholars in good stead when they leave school and have to prove their worth against tough competition.
Hermannsburg offers well-balanced subject packages with a certain amount of choice in the upper Grades. Apart from English, Afrikaans, German, Life Orientation and Mathematics (or Mathematical Literacy), scholars can also choose from Physical Sciences, Geography, Accounting, History, Music, Visual Arts and Life Sciences (T&Cs apply).
The 2001 Grade 10 class was the first to travel to Europe on an exchange with a class from Germany. The German scholars spent time with Hermannsburg families by way of reciprocation. The Germany Exchange Programme is an annual event and further broadens the scholars’ horizons by immersing them in the language and culture of Germany in an everyday environment with host families.
All scholars are given ample opportunity to develop sporting skills and to face the challenge of competing against other schools. Time is devoted to hockey, swimming, soccer, 7-a-side rugby, tennis and cultural activities such as chess and musical ensembles in the afternoons.
Carefully structured learning programmes fully prepare scholars for Grades 10 to 12; our teachers are constantly in touch with the latest developments in education both in South Africa and in other countries. Constant communication is necessary to evaluate the systems applied at Hermannsburg and to ensure that the scholars leave with a well-rounded education.
The Kindergarten (pre-school) and Grade R (reception) years at the school ensure that the education package offered by the school is well-rounded and serves the needs of communities in the area and further afield. The qualified and experienced educators make the Kindergarten and Grade R year an attractive starting point for the children and their parents. A combination of the Montessori system and locally developed programmes is followed to ensure a well-adjusted preparation for the primary school.
Apart from aiming for an exceptionally high academic standard, a holistic approach to education is at the forefront in Hermannsburg. This accounts for the fact that music and art play an important part in the school’s curriculum at group and individual level.
The boarding facility at the school is a place where all boarders are made to feel welcome and at home. Getting to know people from other walks of life and different cultures contributes towards the development of a well-balanced person.
Situated only 25km from Greytown and 15km from Kranskop, the school is quite accessible to those who prefer to have their children at home. The school offers a daily bus service from Greytown for day scholars. Bus services to other centres are also offered at times for boarders, depending on demand.
Hermannsburg builds on over 150 years of experience in education. As the oldest co-educational private school in South Africa, Hermannsburg has had to keep up with the times in order to survive. This experience ensures that the school continues to successfully face the inevitable changes taking place in the world around us and keeps up with the demands of a developing world.