FAQ

Online schooling

What are the IT specifications and one of our interactive requirements?

Smart devices (Desktops, laptops and tablets) can be used. The site is also mobile friendly allowing you to access the school anytime, anywhere.

Wingu Academy is compatible with any standard compliant web browser.

 

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

These browsers sometimes have difficulty:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

 

Tablets need to run Android 7.0 and later (7.0 was released in 2016) and iPads need to run iOS 11 or later (released in 2017).

Please use the latest version of Chrome (no other browser is officially supported). Safari browser should be used for iPads.

Minimum internet speeds of 4mb per second are required (if only one student is online, higher speeds are required for more than one student).

Uncapped lines are recommended but not essential – each learner will use between 4 and 10 Gigs a month depending on how much they interact with the content.

What if english is not my first language?

Since the British international curriculum leads to an international high school qualification, these examinations are only set in english and all course material is also presented in english. However, even if english is not your first language, that should not prohibit you from doing this exceptional curriculum.

We provide extensive support to students whose first language is not english, to ensure that language is not a barrier to academic success.

What can I expect?

School from home!

Wingu Academy is a completely online Primary and High School solution. You can expect:

 

  • Qualified lecturers with advanced degrees in their respective subject.
  • Continuous assessments and tests.
  • Access to an internationally recognized British international curriculum.
  • Live, interactive virtual classrooms and workshops with real teachers, lecturers and tutors.
  • A portfolio of evidence as required by the Department of Basic Education
  • Collaborative learning online, as well as opportunities for field trips
  • Opportunities for leadership development in either an entrepreneurial or conservation program.
  • Innovative problem based learning strategies, introducing students to robotics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and additive manufacturing (3D printing).
How does online learning work? Do I work at my own pace?

At Wingu Academy, students work at their own pace, but most choose to follow the classes with the rest of the grade with scheduled online classes and workshops. The students that do work ahead of schedule must however watch all of the classes and attend all the workshops for a course – this will act as excellent revision in their case.

A minimum pace must be maintained to successfully complete the curriculum, and will be monitored closely by the teacher.

What subjects are offered?

 BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY AND LOWER SECONDARY SUBJECTS 

Primary and lower secondary subjects include English First Language, Afrikaans (isiZulu/Swahili/French available from 2021) as First Additional Language, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communications Technology, Art and Design and Global Perspectives.

HIGH SCHOOL COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

Grade 8 to 12 learners include English Home Language, Afrikaans (isiZulu/Swahili/French available from 2021) as First Additional Language and Mathematics as a compulsory subject for International GCSE and AS/A levels. Computer science is highly recommended for International GCSE level. We focus on preparing the students for the 4th industrial revolution – 4IR skills are used throughout the curriculum and computer science is crucial for the students’ success!

HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES

Both International GCSE and AS/A-Levels has Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies,  Accounting, History and Geography as elective subjects. Computer Science is highly recommended for International GCSE students, and an elective subject for AS/A level students.

When do you start each of the courses?

Our courses commence at the start of each year. Due to exceptional circumstances (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), mid-year course commencements can also take place.

International GCSE

Students can choose to complete their International GCSE qualification in 1, 2 or 3 yrs.  There will be additional support for students who join later in the program.

Are there any prerequisites for my child to get into each subject level?

Yes, even though we are flexible and our programs bespoke, there are prerequisites for some subjects – please contact a consultant for more information.

What are the office hours and working week?

Our office hours are from 8:30 to 17:00 weekdays, except for public holidays. Alternatively, join our virtual office within these hours.  Please contact us for more information about how to join our virtual office.   

Do children get breaks between lessons?

Yes, there is a schedule that is spread across the day and there is ample time for breaks.

Are all classes live interactive lessons?

Yes, unless the teacher has chosen a pre-recorded lesson. All workshops are live and interactive.

What is the school calendar?

The school year is split into 4 quarters:

Quarter 1: Middle January – end of March;

Quarter 2: April – end of June;

Quarter 3: Middle July – end of September.

Quarter 4: September – first week of December.

 

Exact dates are available to all registered students.

 

Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have introduced a special half-year group intake, which will start quarter 1 of their school year in June. Please contact a consultant for more information.