Foundation Years

Foundation students

At RISS our Foundation Years consist of Grades 6, 7 and 8 (ages 11 to 14 years).  This is a very exciting and precious time in a young person’s life.  It is also a period of transition as students move into secondary school and adolescence.

At RISS, we recognise that each student will experience this new journey differently.  Our core values of Relationships, Respect, Courage and Responsibility stand at the centre of our practice.  We aim to provide an environment and opportunities where students can feel comfortable and confident in their learning, and social and emotional development.

In an inquiry-based setting, we strive for our students to take an active role in their learning. The Foundation Years is a creative programme where students follow a range of subjects that enable them to enter the Middle Years as well-rounded and balanced individuals.  In an international school with more than 70 different nationalities, we celebrate diversity.  Our students all have potential, and bring their  gifts and talents.  We aim to provide opportunities to develop these in various settings:  pastoral programme, foreign/heritage language Programme, Learning Diversity programme, extra-curricular activities and also our classrooms.

As a school, we also strive to evolve and enhance our students’ learning by providing unique learning opportunities.  The RISS Rose programme that will be phased in with Grade 6 in 2021 is designed specially for this purpose.  For more information on these opportunities please follow the link to our RISS Rose Programme page.

We provide specific support for our new Grade 6 students, who are transitioning into secondary school and welcome students who join our school community throughout the year.  It is important to us that all new students’ learning continue smoothly and that they have the opportunity to find their feet and feel at home at RISS.

Our students are entitled to be happy and fulfilled. With our aims and opportunities we offer, we strive for all students to enjoy their youth, enjoy their learning journey and challenge themselves.

Curriculum offer in Foundation Years:

Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Core subjects Core subjects Core subjects

English Language Arts
English Second language
Dutch
Mathematics
Integrated Science
Integrated Humanities
Art and Design
ICT
Drama
Music
PE

English Language Arts
English Second language
Dutch
Mathematics
Integrated Science
Integrated Humanities
Art and Design
ICT
Drama
Music
PE

English First language
English Second language
Dutch
Mathematics
Integrated Science
Integrated Humanities
Art and Design
ICT
Drama
Music 
PE

Foreign languages
(electives)

Students can choose two languages.
EAL students' choices depends on their EAL level.

Foreign languages
(electives)

Language choice depends on EAL level.

Foreign languages
(electives)

Language choice depends on EAL level.

French
Spanish
German
Chinese

French
Spanish
German
Chinese

French
Spanish
German
Chinese

For more information about the Foundation Years, please contact the team leader: Marietjie Swart.

Photo of Team Leader Foundation Years