High School

High School

Harriston writes the internationally benchmarked Independent Examination Board (IEB) matric examinations and has the excellent record of 100% pass rate since the inception of the school. The vast majority of our pupils go on to obtain degrees at well-known universities, both in South Africa and abroad.

We believe that our purpose is to ensure that our students acquire the skills and qualifications needed to take them on to the next stage of their education with confidence and the determination to meet and conquer challenges. Consequently we believe that education goes much further than academic achievement and that a comprehensive education must embody the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

We do not only strive for academic excellence but also excellence in sport, culture and the development of values and character. The ‘integrated day’ which includes sport and cultural activities during the academic school day ensures that Harriston provides a broad and balanced education.

Sportsmanship is part of the school ethos, and opportunities to participate in a number of sporting activities encourage teamwork and individual fulfilment.

Participation in cultural activities such as dance, music, debating, drama and chess help to build well rounded young adults.

We delight in the diversity of our pupils who come with unique gifts, experiences and attributes which enables our school to grow. Each student is known and treasured as a unique individual with unique talents. Our highly qualified staff, who have a passionate belief in the potential of each pupil, continually extend and challenge all pupils to expand and mature. The habit of lifelong learning and inquiry is actively encouraged in all subjects.

High School

Cultural Activities

  • Harriston also acknowledges activities not offered by the School, for example Music, Ballet etc.We have several pupils who have received National awards and colours for outstanding achievement.
    • Dance
    • Chess
    • Craft Club
    • Drama
    • Choir
    • Music
High School sports

Harriston strives to create a harmonious, enjoyable and safe learning environment which is characterized by trusting and caring relationships among students, teachers, parents and administrators. The family atmosphere on the campus is palpable.

We offer the following extension activities: English, Afrikaans and Mathematics Olympiads, Bridge-building and Aqualibrium competitions, Dance, Chess, Debating, and Choir, as well as the Environmental and Art clubs.


Grade 8-9 pupils take the following academic subjects:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Mathematics
  • Natural science
  • Human and Social Science
  • Art and Culture
  • Economic and Management Sciences,
  • Technology and Information technology
  • Life Orientation

Pupils chose subjects for Matric at the end of their grade 9 year. They must choose seven subjects four of which are compulsory.

Compulsory subjects: English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation and Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy (in Grade 11 and 12 only)

A choice of three subjects from the following:

  • Physical Science,  Visual Art, Accounting, Geography,  Information Technology, Life Sciences, Computer Applications Technology (all subject to demand).

Advanced Programme Mathematics is also offered to those pupils who wish to take an eighth subject. This subject is benchmarked on the British AS level and is particularly valuable for pupils wishing to enter the Engineering, Science and Medical Fields.


  • Athletics
  • Rugby (Boys)
  • Netball (Girls)
  • Hockey (Boys and Girls)
  • Cricket (Boys)
  • Soccer (Boys and Girls)
  • Tennis
  • Squash

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