English is offered at a Home Language level as well as FAH level and is taught by a dedicated and highly professional team. The aim of the English Department at CENTAURI is to provide learners with the skills and insights needed to engage with and interpret a wide variety of texts; to introduce learners to the rich diversity of literature written in English, both locally and globally; to develop an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the English language (appropriate grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and its uses; to promote discussion and debate, stimulate intellectual curiosity; to be accessible to boys from all cultural backgrounds; and to equip learners with the tools to participate as critical and articulate citizens in a cosmopolitan South Africa.
Is offered at a Home Language level. The study of language is fundamental to the development of the learner’s thought structure and thought processes. The structure and discipline of language is therefore of the utmost importance in the development of the minds of young learners. Afrikaans helps the learner to develop a clear logical and reasonable way to express himself and to develop a well-formed mind.
Afrikaans as a First Additional Language helps learners to appreciate our new dynamic and diverse country. They get an in-depth look into a culture that plays a fundamental role in the heritage and future of our country. Afrikaans is the second most spoken language in South Africa and is the mother tongue of many different communities.
Maths has become compulsory for all learners. Core Mathematics is a language that makes use of symbols and notations for describing numerical, geometric and graphical relationships. It is a human activity that involves observing, representing and investigating patterns and qualitative relationships in physical and social phenomena and between mathematical objects themselves.
It helps to develop mental processes that enhance logical and critical thinking, accuracy and problem-solving that will contribute to decision-making. Mathematical problem-solving enables us to understand the world (physical, social and economic) around us, and most of all, to teach us to think creatively. Core Mathematics caters predominantly to those learners who wish to study in Maths-related fields.
Mathematical Literacy develops competencies that allow individuals to make sense of, participate in and contribute to the twenty-first century world – a world characterised by numbers, numerically based arguments and data represented and misrepresented in a number of different ways. Such competencies include the ability to reason, make decisions, solve problems, manage resources, interpret information, schedule events and use and apply technology. Learners must be exposed to both mathematical content and real-life contexts to develop these competencies. Mathematical content is needed to make sense of real-life contexts; on the other hand, contexts determine the content that is needed.
Mathematical Literacy should enable the learner to become a self-managing person, a contributing worker and a participating citizen in a developing democracy. The teaching and learning of Mathematical Literacy should thus provide opportunities to analyse problems and devise ways to work mathematically in solving such problems. Opportunities to engage mathematically in this way will also assist learners to become astute consumers of the mathematics reflected in the media. Mathematical Literacy does not close the door to university, there is a wide variety of courses that can be taken by candidates with Mathematical Literacy.
Life Orientation allows learners to develop life skills and vital knowledge about our democratic and diverse country. It is here that healthy behaviour and mental well-being is promoted. The learners are also exposed to various study methods, as well as a varied physical fitness programmes. In essence, Life Orientation teaches on a holistic approach to life.
Most tertiary institutions require a minimum of 60% for the subject. Learners should therefore aim for a minimum of 80% in this subject in order to optimise their Admission Point Score.
There is a job-shadow programme that is compulsory and aims to help learners develop their skills, as well as gain knowledge about the field in which they are interested. The grade 11 learners do an aptitude test to assist them with career choices. Throughout the year, universities and colleges give talks to the learners about the courses on offer and any changes in requirements. Learners are also given opportunities to attend a variety of workshops, career exhibitions, exchange programmes and conferences, locally and internationally.
The beauty of this subject is that it can expose learners to real-life controversial issues and teach them to make informed decisions.
The minimum entrance requirement for this subject is 50% in Maths examinations (Maths CASS is excluded).
The subject focuses on measuring performance, processing and communicating financial information and, covers topics such as financial Accounting, managerial Accounting and auditing. These topics cover a broad spectrum of Accounting to help boys prepare for tertiary education and career opportunities in the field. Learners will be taught how to manage and organise their own finances responsibly and effectively.
The main topics in the Accounting Curriculum are:
Financial Accounting: Accounting concepts, GAAP principles, book-keeping, Accounting equation, final accounts and financial statements, salaries and wages, value added tax, reconciliations.
Managerial Accounting: cost accounting, budgeting Managing Resources: fixed assets, inventory, ethics, internal control.
Accounting is a subject that the learner will find useful on a daily basis. Centauri Accounting Department will guide learners through their studies. As learners build their knowledge and develop the necessary skills, they will grow in confidence and discover what a valuable subject Accounting is. Accounting requires the ability to apply knowledge. It is not a learning subject, rather one that requires regular practice. There is a strong correlation between a learner’s performance in Maths and Accounting, hence the minimum entrance requirement. Learners with a strong work ethic and Maths ability excel at Accounting.
CAT is the study of the practical use of computer applications, namely the use of Microsoft Office. Learners will become proficient in the use of MS Word (word processing), MS Excel (spreadsheet software), MS PowerPoint (presentation software) and MS Access (database software). Browsing skills and the use of email are also core components. In short it will teach the basic computer skills necessary in most business environments today.
There is also a theory component, which explores what computer systems are, how they work, their impact on society, the environment, the workplace, legal implications, responsible use of technology and implications on health.
Only learners who take Mathematical Literacy will be considered for this subject. There will be limited space available and hence boys applying to do this subject will be placed on a first-come first-served basis.
Learners need to have access to a computer that has the MS Office Professional package 2010 installed. They will also need a 4Gb (minimum) flash drive.