Bridge House School Subjects Offered

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Bridge House School Subjects Offered

Bridge House School Subjects – see the list of subjects offered at the school..


Bridge House offers a broad, innovative and modern high school curriculum aimed at developing highly-motivated, balanced and competent people, well prepared to deal with the challenges facing them when they leave school. We aim to stay abreast of the best of South African and international teaching practice. The College builds on the foundations laid during the Preparatory phases.


Students in Grades 8 and 9 follow an exciting  curriculum which is aimed at increased personalisation and a sense of personal choice and investment.


Bridge House is an English-medium school. We teach English Home Language to all pupils. Afrikaans (first additional language) classes are streamed according to ability. French and German (at second additional language level) are offered as an elective subject in Grades 10, 11 and 12 and in place of Afrikaans, for students with immigrant concessions in Grades 8 to 12. In grade 8 and 9 students need to choose a third language (French, German or isiXhosa) which will be offered at a conversational level.


Bridge House strives to be a school that is at the forefront of global educational developments. In 2017, we embarked on an exciting project which saw us redefine the way Grade 8 and 9 students learn. Over and above the prescribed curriculum, students choose an elective course each semester. These courses are non-curriculum based and promote enquiring minds, an enthusiasm to extend their knowledge and to be exposed to many skills that will benefit them after school. In Grade 10, in preparation for the National Senior Certificate of the IEB, the students choose from a wide range of subjects. Bridge House places a premium on the pursuit of excellence by every pupil.


The Creative Arts (Visual Art, Music and Dramatic Art) are studied by all students in Grades 8 and 9 and in Grade 10, 11 and 12, Music, Visual Art and Dramatic Art are options for Matric. Dance is offered in the afternoons as part of the co-curricular programme. There is considerable emphasis on cultural education and excellent facilities are being developed for these disciplines. The Music Department offers a wide range of instruments through individual tuition at extra cost.


Pupils from Grade 4 to 12 follow the 1:1 iPad programme (see the information enclosed in this prospectus). In addition, the Bridge House IT Centres provide state-of-the-art facilities for developing computer competency at every school level. Pupils learn to use this technology and its wide range of applications from Pre-primary to Matric. It is used in all curriculum learning areas, learning both the content and the use of IT tools. The school offers Information Technology (IT) for those pupils wanting to follow a career in the IT industry and Computer Applications Technology (CAT) for those who will use IT throughout their professional and personal lives.

An introduction to Robotics is offered in the club and elective programme.


Participation in the programme is compulsory from Grade 2 to Matric. The physical education programme is organised within the school day, and sports take place in the afternoon. We insist on full participation and offer a variety of sports and activities. Many matches and festivals take place on Saturdays.


College pupils take part in the internationally recognised President’s Award (Duke of Edinburgh Award) at bronze, silver and gold levels. This involves commitment to service, sports and skills development, as well as taking part in an adventurous journey. In the Prep School the pupils participate in the Learning for Life Leadership Programme which allows Grade 6 and 7 pupils to exercise initiative and develop their own leadership skills both in the school context and beyond.

Bridge House is a member of the International Round Square Organisation, a worldwide network of innovative schools in 40 countries across five continents. These schools share an holistic approach to learning built around six IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service Selected Gr 10 pupils have the opportunity of going on exchange to countries all over the world and pupils from Grades 7 to 12 are able to attend Round Square Conferences.


All classes go on outings to places of interest. These trips form part of the compulsory educational curriculum. Each pupil from Grade 1 to Matric is required to attend an away camp during the year. We see this as an important opportunity to develop independence, group spirit and interdependence. It forms part of our vision of a holistic education.

College Curriculum Outings
Bridge House Matrics write the Independent Examinations Board Matric exams.

Please download the subject choices for Grade 10 and for Grade 11 and 12 in 2019 below:
Subject Selection Form Grade 10 2019
Subject Selection Form Grade 11 2019


In all grades school-based assessment and formal examination results make up the final year mark.

In Grade 12 (FET), 25% of the final assessment mark is an internal assessment component. The external final ‘examination’ counts for 75% of the mark, with the exception of Life Orientation where 100% of the mark is from internal assessment. The portfolio of work done at school in each subject is thus extremely important.

In all Grades a doctor’s certificate will be required if any formal assessments are missed.

Requirements for University Entrance

It is important that candidates ascertain exactly what the requirements are for specific faculties at the University of their choice. The ‘points’ required for each course within each faculty must be obtained from the universties.

To enter a university, candidates must have a minimum of: A National Senior Certificate certified by Umalusi;

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