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The New Secondary School

 

The New Secondary School is the English branch of the Deutsche Schule Pretoria that runs parallel with the mainstream from Grade 5 onward.  This branch of the DSP was established in 1988 in order to open the school to previously disadvantaged learners.  Currently the New Secondary School (NSec) accounts for more than a quarter of the DSP.

All learners who wish to enrol for the New Secondary School must pass an admission test in English and Mathematics or must have participated successfully in the preparation courses for Grade 4.

Other than in most South African schools, the DSP does not teach according to “learning areas”, but offers subject classes with teachers qualified in the respective subjects.

The curricula are based on South African and German (Baden-Württemberg) guidelines.  The medium of instruction is generally English, except in the subjects Afrikaans, German and French.

Subjects

  • Mathematics
  • German as third language
  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Computer studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious studies
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Subject of special interest

Wherever possible we integrate the English-medium and the German-medium branches.  For this reason projects, excursions and class trips (4-5 days) in Grades 5 and 8 are done together with all classes of the respective grade.  In order to promote cultural exchange and deepen the understanding for each other it was decided that Grades 4 – 9 jointly plan and execute one intercultural project per year.  For Grades 4, 6 and 8, this project is linked to a visit to one of our partner schools.  Learners of Grades 5 and 7 do one school-internal project and Grade 9 develops projects for the Science Expo in mixed groups.

In addition, learners meet in sport and cultural extramural activities and in their subjects of choice.  From Grades 5 to 9 more subjects (Physical Education, Art, English, Afrikaans, French, Business Economics and Computer Studies) are added in which learners are taught in mixed groups.  From Grade 10 onward the New Secondary School and the mainstream follow identical curricula, depending on the school-leaving certificate selected by the respective learners.

The majority of learners of the New Secondary School leave the school with university admission.  Besides being able to continue their education at a university, learners who received their schooling at the DSP can also be employed in German or international companies in South Africa.

Further information on the New Secondary School
The majority of NSec learners come from the neighbouring townships of Mamelodi and Eersterust.  These learners come from the 20 partner schools of the DSP and have passed through the following selection process:  In Grade 3 all learners of our partner schools write an English and a Mathematics test set up by the DSP.  On the basis of the test results and the June reports approx. 80 learners are selected who then follow classes in English and Mathematics every Saturday in the following year.  The preparatory courses provide all gifted learners, regardless of their prior education, with the necessary skills to participate successfully at the DSP in Grade 5.  Unfortunately, only 20 of these learners can be offered to join Grade 5.  The selection is based on the observations of the teachers regarding the social skills and academic abilities of the learners.  Furthermore, the learners must pass a final examination in Mathematics and English.  In order to facilitate their entry into the DSP, homework sessions are offered, which is compulsary for all Grade 5 learners.

Learners who enrol for Grade 5 without having participated in the Saturday courses, must write an admission test in English and Mathematics and must present good academic performance.  Their parents must be able to pay the full school fees.

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