South African Schools Calendar

School Terms and School Holidays

2012 - 2013 - 2014

South African schools usually divide their academic year into four terms.

The school year starts mid of January and ends at the beginning of December. But dates vary slightly from school to school.

Private schools often add another week either before or after the official state school holidays. The dates below consider the public schools holidays.Please check with the individual schools for exact dates as I can only give the holiday dates published by the Education department.

Therefore these dates are only rough guidelines if your children are in private schools in South Africa. But remember these dates are also good to know even if the holidays of your child's school are different when you want to book your travels or flights.

A school term usually has got 10 weeks of instruction and around 200 days of schooling. Often the public holidays are incorporated into a short term-break holiday. Remember that there is no mid-term break holiday as there is in the UK school calendar.

Please be aware that the dates below are the School Terms of the Western Cape and the coastal provinces of South Africa including also the Eastern Cape. KwaZulu Natal and the Northern Cape.

The schools in inland provinces Gauteng, Freestate, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West always start their first schoolterm in January one week earlier than the coastal provinces.

If you are interested to read more about schooling in Cape Town South Africa, please click here.

School Terms 2012 for Cape Town

For 2012 the South African Schools in the Western Cape the school terms are as follows:

Term 1: 11 January – 23 March 2012

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Term 2: 10 April – 22 June 2012

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Term 3: 16 July – 28 September 2012

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Term 4: 8 October – 7 December 2012

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School Terms 2013 in Cape Town

School terms for 2013 are as follows:

Term 1: 9 January – 20 April 2013

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Term 2: 9 April – 22 June 2013

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Term 3: 15 July – 20 September 2013

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Term 4: 1 October – 4 December 2013

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School Terms 2014 in Cape Town

Proposed School terms for 2014 are as follows:

Term 1: 15 January – 28 March 2014

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Term 2: 7 April – 27 June 2014

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Term 3: 21 July – 3 October 2014

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Term 4: 13 October – 10 December 2014

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Please check out your child's school holiday calendars. Beware that if your children attend different school, the holiday dates might differ significantly. One child might be off school when the other one already has to be back at school!

So know your term dates and plan your holidays carefully!

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