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Afrikaans department
Afrikaans is one of the eleven official languages spoken in South Africa. It is introduced in the Grade 0 year and at the end of the Grade 3 year the parents and pupils make the decision of taking either Afrikaans or Zulu as the First Additional Language. The other is then taken as the Conversational option.

Afrikaans has a rich heritage of literature, and learning and teaching is linked through songs to the musical tradition of the school. Boys are encouraged to embrace the cultural heritage of South Africa by learning to speak, to write and to enjoy the poetry and literature of this descriptive language.

We celebrate “Taal Tuesday” once a month, where the pupils are encouraged to speak Afrikaans throughout the day. Bible readings, birthday songs, greetings and instructions are all given in Afrikaans to allow the opportunity for the pupils to hear the rhythm of the language.

We make use of a variety of textbooks to supplement the use of the “Lekkerbek” workbook, which forms the basis of our teaching. Numerous extension exercises and techniques are used to consolidate language structures and vocabulary through all forms of technology. Reading is encouraged through a variety of books and the “Readers are Leaders” programme in order to develop effective comprehension skills.

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