This year assists the young student to transition into High School with the culmination of the Primary School curriculum. Our educators bring the learner up to date regarding world history, science, literature, and the foundations of modern mathematics. Their expanding minds are given a sense of stability through activities and content that consolidate ideas, and that answer the fundamental question of where they are placed in the wider world.
The Class 9 curriculum supports the learners who begin to show a fascination for contrasts. They seek to define, summarise, understand, and form opinions on their modern world. They are absorbed by the concepts of power and beauty. They explore differences and seek to discover the reasons why.
As their thinking capacity begins to loosen and become more flexible, the Class 10 learners are able to compare and find similarities where once only differences existed. They grasp the process of transformation. They develop a sense of wonder at the world around them. Language, laws, culture, the very earth itself – and even their own capacity to think – further develop them into who they will become.
By the eleventh grade, learners are fully developed thinkers. These young adults are quick to analyse and synthesize information, and to utilise their power to reason. Eleventh graders want to know and understand the way things are. They need to know the intentions that lie behind the world in order to define themselves, their opinions, and ideals. They are ready to think about what is invisible to the eye and transparent to their thinking. They also begin to take responsibility for themselves, to discover and explore their identities as individuals.
Class 12 students acquire perception in their thinking. From their new-found sense of individuality, they are capable of finding their place within the community. Their consciousness of self expands into a world consciousness. They are able to use their potent reasoning skills to see the world from many vantage points and, at the same time, to recognise their own. As they begin to perceive the complexity of the world, they seek to understand the individuals who are responsible for working with society’s issues. In this way, the learners will clarify their own points of view, make judgements, and establish their ideals.
The culmination of the Waldorf Curriculum is the Class 12 play, and the Class 12 project. Both of these are major undertakings and occupy the first nine months of the year.
The Waldorf Curriculum is a comprehensive and holistic approach to developing well-rounded young adults, ready to take on all the challenges life throws at them. After completing the twelve years of Waldorf education, the whole thirteenth year is then devoted to obtaining a conventional Matric. Roseway is registered with the KZN Department of Education. Learners choose seven of the 16 matric subjects offered at Roseway, namely:
English Home Language, Afrikaans FAL, IsiZulu FAL, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Geography, History, Economics, Consumer Studies, Tourism, Religion Studies, Visual Arts, Music, and Dramatic Arts. Read more here.
Roseway Waldorf students head out into the world in much the same way as matriculants from any independent school would. Most of them pursue university or tertiary education of some kind. More than eighty percent of our students go on to tertiary studies. Roseway past pupils undertake studies in a range of fields. Our students complete undergraduate degrees, honours, and masters in the Sciences and Technologies, Commerce, the Humanities, and the Arts. We are also truly proud to have had two Mandela-Rhodes Scholars within our first six years of Matric at the school.
Of course, like many young people, a number of our school leavers find it useful to take a gap year. Some of our matriculants feel ready to dive right into the world of full-time or part-time employment.
What all Roseway Waldorf graduates have in common is success. They tackle life with courage. They face new challenges undaunted, armed with the certainty that they are prepared for what the future sends their way; ready to grasp new opportunities the moment they recognise them.