Winter school camps visits

The MEC for Education, Ms Martha Bartlett, accompanied by Theodore Jantjies, the actor from 7de Laan, visited Winter School Camps across the Province to encourage and motivate Grade 12 learners, as they prepare for their most important examination. 

In our continued attempts to respond to the goals of Action Plan 2019: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2030 and an improved National Senior Certificate pass rate in 2017, the Northern Cape Department of Education hosted Winter Residential Camps as well as Walk-in School-Based Winter Schools for identified Grade 12 learners in all districts in the province. 


Educators who teach the various subjects at the Winter Schools were recruited through a rigorous scrutinizing process. All the educators are Grade 12 teachers in their specific subject and have been involved in the various provincial examination processes either as markers or examiners. Because of their experience, they are able to prepare learners for their final examination and focus on problem areas. 

A wide variety of subjects are offered to the matriculants. However, subjects are only offered if requested by a minimum of 15 learners. The subjects that are offered at our Winter Schools are English First Additional Language, Afrikaans Home Language, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Agricultural Science, Life Sciences, Physical Science, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, History and Geography. 
At the end of the week a special session is held in which the students receive information on career guidance and post-matric studies. For this session, career counsellors from the NCDoE and professionals from various tertiary institutions were  invited to address the learners. 


The purpose of these sessions is to render additional support to Grade 12 learners in the form of revision and consolidation of subject content.  In addition, learners will write a Pre- and Post-test based on the content which will be covered during the session.  


The Residential Winter Camps were conducted at:




Frances Baard

Northern Cape HS

Northern Cape Agricultural HS

Technical High School

John Taolo Gaetsewe

Batlharo-Tlhaping High School

Kalahari High School

Deben Primary School


Williston High School

Kharkams High School


The Walk-in School-Based Winter Schools were conducted at: 



Pixley ka Seme

Orion High School

Victoria High School

Umso High School

Bongani High School

Weslaan High School

Monwabisi High School

Karrikamma High School

Theron High School

Steynville High School

ZF Mgcawu

Blinkklip High School

Carlton van Heerden High School

Oranjezicht High School

Kakamas High School

Saul Damon High School

AJ Ferreira High School

Pabellelo High School

SC Kearns High School