FET Phase (Further Education and Training)

Grades 10 to 12

The FET (Grades 10 – 12) academic programme at CBC St John’s is taught by well-qualified, exceptional teachers who are trained to nurture compassion in our students, explicit and logical thinking, and independent learning. The College offers academic support and extension to ensure that our students are able to achieve academic excellence.

A number of benchmarks provide a framework for evaluating quality. As a member of the WCED, the College participates in the cycle of institutional evaluation provided by the Education Department. Our students write the National Senior Certificate. CBC is accredited by Umalusi, the South African certification authority.

Grade 12 students write the WCED examinations. Our matriculants achieve at a high level and we are extremely proud of the marks they produce.

CBC offers a varied and enriching extra-curricular programme, aimed to provide opportunities for a holistic education.

CBC has a dynamic leadership programme. Community service is a huge part of the curriculum, as are camps and outings.

Our College is committed to being an environmentally “green” school and there is a specific group of students named the “Green Team” who are in charge of recycling.

CBC seeks to provide a values-based and top-quality academic education. Our students matriculate and go on to achieve greatness. They are well-rounded individuals, well prepared to inspire excellence and make a difference.

List of Subjects in FET Phase



English Home Language

Afrikaans First Additional Language

Life Orientation and Religious Education

Mathematics  OR  Mathematical Literacy



Life Sciences Engineering Graphics & Design Tourism Visual Art







Music* Geography
GROUP 3 Physical Science Business Studies CAT Drama


NOTE:  Students taking Physical Sciences, and IT MUST DO Mathematics and not Mathematical Literacy.

*Music can be taken in any category.


Religious Education:

“The aim of Religious Education in a Catholic School is to nurture in its students their personal gifts of faith so as to bring awareness, growth, true freedom, and healing into their daily lives. It will equip them in every sphere to help in the building of responsible and life-giving communities that are signs of hope for the world” (An extract taken from a book called Fostering Hope).

The RE Educator acknowledges that not all our students are from Catholic families and are committed to the Catholic faith. She also does not assume that students of other faith-traditions would be able to relate to the gospel of Jesus, but rather that this “gospel” is integral to the Catholic School’s reason for existing. What must be assumed is that everyone who joins the school community is open to the school’s principles and practices, and therefore to the school’s RE Programme.

RE at a Catholic School invites all to participate, in the challenge of allowing gospel values to enrich their faith, philosophy and life-style. The RE Programme strives to be respectful and sensitive to the diversity of chosen and inherited religious paths of individuals within the school community. RE should be viewed as the “heart” of any Catholic School.

The role of the RE coordinator is to ensure that RE lessons are being taught and in turn, “lived”. Lessons can take place in various forms for example, reminding the school at large about special feast days and making sure that the appropriate celebrations happen. Participating in the celebration of Mass at least twice a term must be observed as part of RE lessons. The Sacraments are to be taught and upheld. The students are also given opportunities to attend Retreat days, on or off campus. The RE Programme encourages students to become aware of Pastoral Care to the wider community. A National RE Curriculum is followed within all Catholic Schools called CORD; this among various other resources is used at the discretion of the RE coordinator. However, many learning outcomes must be covered in order for examinations to take place. Examinations are carried out like any other subject and are written at least twice a year. Tasks and assignments form a significant part of this National Curriculum. Students and parents are to be reminded that RE is taught in collaboration with Life Orientation, which in turn is part and parcel of the National Revised Curriculum.

In short, the RE coordinator is responsible for a living ministry with Christ as leader. Through the RE Programme the vision and mission statement of CBC is not only maintained but upheld. Religious Education is a fundamental part of CBC’s holistic educational programme. Religious Education is a not just a subject it is part of a learning journey. It is the hope and vision of the RE coordinator, that through the RE Programme she will be able to guide each learner on a path to become living witnesses to the Gospel values that celebrates ones faith.