ICT at Rustenburg
At Rustenburg, we strive to provide both pupils and teachers with the technological tools they need to gain the greatest benefit from their time here. Each classroom is fitted with a computer, connected both to the school network and to the Internet. Twenty-five classrooms now have a digital projector allowing the easy use of video and PowerPoint presentations during lessons, and eleven of these have Interactive Whiteboards as well. Members of staff are expected to have a base-level of computer literacy, and are encouraged to extend their skills in this area, and take advantage of the opportunities for improving education that technology offers.
Two fully equipped computer labs have 70 PCs which are available to the pupils at break and after school each day, as well as a further half-dozen in the Media Centre. Erinville, the RGHS boarding house has its own computer lab, which is connected to the school network by high-speed fibre optic cables. The school has a high-speed broadband connection, allowing both staff and pupils access to all the resources of the World Wide Web for research, exploration and relaxation. Each pupil has an email account and internet access which is regularly monitored, and access to undesirable and frivolous websites is restricted.
As with everything that Rustenburg does, the education and development of the pupils is of the highest priority – where technology can enhance and improve this, it is embraced; where it hinders and undermines, it is set aside.
ICDL™ at Rustenburg
ICDL™ (International Computer Driving Licence) is the world’s leading end-user computer certification programme and is an internationally recognized computer qualification. The ICDL™ certification programme covers the key concepts of computing and its practical applications and is made up of the following seven modules:
- Basic concepts of Information Technology
- File Management
- Word Processing
- Internet and e-mail
ICDL™ is compulsory for all learners in Grades 8 to 11. This forms part of the academic programme offered by the school, at no additional cost to parents. Tuition takes place during school hours. Learners are registered through the school with the ICDL™ head office and receive a Skills Log Book, which records their progress through the certification process. Learners are tested on each module by an external examiner. An ICDL™ Start Certificate is issued when any four of the seven modules are passed, while the ICDL™ Core Certificate is issued when all seven modules are passed.
Benefits of having an ICDL™ certificate:
- Internationally recognized qualification
- Improved job and study prospects
- Proven increase in productivity
- Reduction in IT support costs
- Increased essential IT skills levels
- Increased confidence in computer use
- Platform to higher-level IT education