According to the National Curriculum Statement, “Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. It addresses skills, knowledge, and values about the self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, careers and career choices.” It is all about preparing learners to live meaningfully and successfully in a society that is characterised by rapid change. It is based in the premise that thinking critically about ourselves and our world will make for better decisions, promote effective problem-solving and lead to appropriate actions for a Life of Significance. It has a strong practical outlook that emphasises the importance of the application of skills and values in real-life situations and exposes learners to community organisations and initiatives. Its holistic approach also provides for a physical education component. This holistic approach, as it is put in the National Curriculum Statement “encourages the development of a balanced and confident learner who can contribute to a just and democratic society, a productive economy and an improved quality of life for all.”

The subject contains the following six topics in Grades 10 to 12:

  • Development of the self in society
  • Social and environmental responsibility
  • Democracy and human rights
  • Careers and career choices
  • Study skills
  • Physical Education

At Roedean Life Orientation is approached within the framework of and aimed at inculcating the Habits of the Mind: the art of listening and flexible thinking, the practice of thinking about thinking and of imagination, creativity and innovation, the ideals of accuracy and precision, a questioning and problem-directed attitude, the ability to apply past knowledge to new situations, a disposition of wonder and awe coupled with finding humour, responsible risk-taking, participatory knowledge creation and life-long learning.

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Since 2009, Thinking Skill have been an integral part of the curriculum, preparing pupils for the challenges of higher education and life itself. We strive to prepare our girls to lead ‘life of significance’ in a world of exponential change. Roedean is the only school in SA to be accredited as a Thinking School from Grades 0-12.