September 2020 – Curriculum Changes grade 10 and 11

Dear parents and learners.

As you may have heard in the media there have been some changes to the curriculum due to the COVID – 19 pandemic. In this regard please note the following:
The weighting for the exams been reduced from 75% to 40%, while the weighting for the school-based assessment (SBA) has been increased from 25% to 60%.
The implication of this is that learners who have not handed in assignments need to do so urgently since they carry so much more weight (part of the SBA)

See the official Circular here:

Holy Cross Feast Day 14 September 2020

We wish all friends of Holy Cross and especially the Sisters of the Holy Cross a blessed Feast day.

Early Closing on Monday 14 September and Tuesday 15 September.

Please note that the school will close earlier on Monday and Tuesday. This is to accommodate our annual feast day where we acknowledge the contribution of the Holy Cross Sisters of Southern Africa.
Learners please note there will be school despite the programme of celebration. Grade 12s writing exams will not be in any way inhibited. Furthermore, please be aware that strict adherence to COVID 19 regulations will be in place.

Back to school for term 3

Welcome back to term 3.

I trust the learners took  a bit of a break. The teachers really needed one since they work at school and then again at home to contain our academic integrity for 2020. As you may have heard there have been changes announced by the Department of Basic Education.

Chief among these is the assessment for this year. We have received the latest assessment requirements and as of Monday they will be part of the weekly planning we send to learners. In this way each subject will be able to prepare learners accordingly and learners will know when and what exactly they need to prepare for.
In this regard in grade 8 and 9 we needed to trim Technology and Creative Arts from formally assessed subjects. We will place greater emphasis on the remaining subjects. In all cases grade 9s will sill have some basic exposure to the variety of subjects that will be offered in FET next year.

Note Grade 8 and 9 will also return as of next week (17 August 2020)
Grade 8 will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Friday of every equal numbered week (eg weeks 2, 4, 6 etc)
Grade 9 will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays and the Friday of every odd Numbered week (eg weeks 1,3,5,7 etc.)
This week is week 1 of Term 3 (as indicated in the attach planning documents per grade)

Term calendars are also on each grades; planning document and reflect the DBE calendar. As an independent school we have the flexibility to function somewhat outside these dates and will inform parents as we go along.


I understand many of you have anxieties around schooling  as we go into the peak of the COVID 19 pandemic.  If you keep your daughter at home please complete the google form I attach here below. Please note the form has been sent to all learners who are in WhatsApp contact with the school. Even though the form may also be on your daughters phone it is important that you as parent are aware of the days she does not attend school when she is supposed to. – Link to form.

School Closed 17 July

Please note a staff member has tested positive for COVID 19. The member of staff has been off school since 09 July. None the less we will take tomorrow for a deep cleaning of the school. The educator had no direct tactile interaction with the learners and all safety protocols were observed during lessons.  We intend to start again on Monday. Thus 2 full days of cleaning and an interim day will have been allowed for.

GRADE 10 & 11 Return week of 6 July

GRADE 10 & 11 To return as of week of 6 July 
Dear learners and parents, please follow the link to the time tables starting 6 July10 & 11 timetable Note that Grade 11 and 10 learners attend school on alternating days. In the first week (week starting 6 July) the grade 11 learners will attend school on Friday. The next week the grade 10 learners attend school on the Friday. This pattern will continue until further notice.

COVID-19 Adherence and Planning Strategy

Where do YOU stay ?

Hi to all our learners. We would like to know where you stay and how far you travel to school each day. How much does it cost ??

Please fill in this form:

Learning in the Lockdown

Hi everyone I thoughty some stats of this lockdown period would be interesting. Well done to all of you who are learning and teaching.

COVID-19 Response

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