ASSESSMENT & PASS REQUIREMENTS2017-11-28T15:27:33+00:00

Assessments & Pass Requirements

Assessment in the GET and FET phases is based upon both examinations and a range of other activities including class and standardised tests, projects, activities and assignments required for the SBA mark. Grade 9 assessment is expected to include national English and mathematics exams.

Examinations are taken very seriously. After all, one of the main functions of the school is to prepare the Grade 12s for their final, external examinations. SBA work is also important since failure to complete these activities could lead to pupils being required to spend more time in a grade. For the Grade 12s, failure to complete the SBA requirements could lead to incomplete results in the external finals, i.e. the WCED does not issue the candidate’s mark for that subject.

Work Submission Policies

In most cases, SBA work is not optional. In general, pupils are expected to complete and hand in ​all tasks. Pupils who miss a first deadline will be given a 48 hour extension (and a penalty of 10% per day). Failure to meet the second deadline will result in detention and nought for the activity for the term.  Projects may still be submitted for the final SBA year-mark but with a deduction.  The English Department, however, has a different policy: on missing a deadline, the pupil receives nought immediately, but the work may be submitted later, to count for the end of year only. Where the overdue work is the foundation of later assessments, non-submission will not be accepted.  Some elements of SBA are done during school hours, e.g. standardised tests and practical assessment tasks (PATs).

As is the case with examinations, absence from any SBA, PAT or exam without a medical certificate will result in nought for that item.

Pass Requirements

The final mark is made up of a year mark (from SBA) and an examination.  The weighting is as follows:

Year’s SBA work Final Examinations
GET (Grade 9) 40% 60%
FET (Grades 10 ­12) 25% 75%



Pupils will be expected to achieve at least 50% for their home language, at least 40% for mathematics, a first additional language (Afrikaans) and three other subjects. Of the remaining three subjects, they must achieve better than 30% in two.


Although no minimum aggregate is now required, a pupil must achieve 40% ​in their home language and two other subjects. At least 30% is required in three of the remaining subjects. In effect, a pupil may fail one subject, provided that all the SBA work has been done.

Matriculation exemption is now known as “admission to a bachelor’s degree” or “Bachelor’s Pass”. The minimum requirements are 50% in four subjects (other than computer applications technology, dance studies, hospitality, tourism and electrical technology) and at least 30% in the language of the tertiary institution concerned.  In reality, competition imposes higher standards.

Fish Hoek passes & the merit system

Every effort is made to encourage pupils to improve the standard of the work they do. After mid-year and the final exams, pupils who have aggregates above 50% and a bachelor’s pass in the FET phase, are recognised with special bookmarks, according to their level of achievement: 50% Ruby, 60% Emerald, 70% Diamond and 80% Platinum. These awards are considered to mark a pupil’s progress towards his/her full potential, just as a bookmark flags one’s progress through a book. Participation in the extramural programme is a prerequisite for a Fish Hoek Pass.

Positive reinforcement is used as far as possible. Staff members are encouraged “to catch pupils doing something right”.  Merits are not reserved for the high-achievers, for whom the colours system and academic prizes cater.  Merits may be awarded for success, service and desirable behaviour in any area of the school’s life, whether academic or extramural.

Certificates, badges, colours scrolls and prizes are awarded to pupils who accumulate merits. Tuckshop vouchers have proved to be very popular incentives too.

Examinations & Tests

In the first term, standardised tests take the place of exams in all grades.  The whole school writes comprehensive papers in the second and fourth terms.  While the matrics write full trial exams in September, the other grades write mini-exams. The matrics start their final exams early in October.

Certificates, badges, colours scrolls and prizes are awarded to pupils who accumulate merits. Tuckshop vouchers have proved to be very popular incentives too.


Reports, along with an alpha­numeric rating for behaviour, attitude and work (BAW), are prepared each term and sent home by hand, usually on the last day of term. Parents must make sure that they receive the reports and the accompanying material. In recent years, the parents’ evenings have been held at the start of the new term. These are opportunities to meet the staff and discuss each child’s progress.