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Your Guide to 2018 and 2019 School Terms and Holiday Dates in South Africa.

South African public schools follow four school terms and public holidays set out by the Department of Basic Education. Private schools including pre-primary schools set their own school calendars, with either 4 terms or 3 terms with short mid-term breaks.

With 2018 and 2019 School Terms and Public Holidays calendars you can start to plan family holidays and vacations. Download our 2019 school term year planner and monthly planners that you can stick on the fridge for easy reference.

December Holidays and holiday changes 2018/2019

This year the DBE has shortened the December holidays. This has been done to make allowances for extra marking time. Each school year a minimum of 200 full school days must be attended by South African learners. Each term cannot have more than 60 days or less than 43.

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It is also DBE policy to ensure that there are no public holidays during the first or last week of school term, which disrupt academic work. The fourth and last school term of each year must end in the second week of December.

The December 2018 holiday period: Thursday, 13 December to Tuesday, 8 January 2019.
The December 2019 school holiday period: Wednesday, 5 December until Thursday, 7 January 2020.

 Public Schools Calendar 2018  Public Schools Calendar 2019
Term Opens Closes
First 17 January 28 March
Second 10 April 22 June
Third 17 July 28 September
Fourth 9 October 12 December
Term Opens Closes
First 9 January 15 March
Second 2 April 14 June
Third 9 July 20 September
Fourth 1 October 4 December

How SA School terms work

No need to look for school holidays western cape or school holidays KZN – you only need one School Term Calendar. Previously coastal and inland provinces used to have slightly different school term dates. Now it’s easier to plan your family holidays with all the public-school provinces school terms falling on the same dates.

All nine provinces: KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape , Western Cape , Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, North-West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga follow the Department of Basic Education 4 term School Holidays calendars.

We will keep our calendars updated, but before finalizing please see the Department of Basic Education for any updates that may occur.

It is always a good idea to double check whether your public primary or high school follows this calendar. Pre-Primary School Holidays may have their own holiday dates, and if you are lucky enough may be open during standard South African public school holidays. Private Schools in South Africa generally set their own School term and holiday calendars.

 Curro Schools Calendar 2018  Curro Schools Calendar 2019
Term Opens Closes
First 17 January 28 March
Second 10 April 22 June
Third 17 July 21 September
Fourth 9 October 12 December
Term Opens Closes
First 9 January 15 March
Second 2 April 14 June
Third 9 July 20 September
Fourth 8 October 4 December

Holiday Planning

Keeping the kids entertained during school breaks can be a hard task – but with our printable calendars we’ll help you to get the kids booked into their favourite holiday camps or help you plan your perfect family vacation and get that much needed time together.

There is still time to make the most of the upcoming end of year break, the secret is early planning. Take care of the admin and logistics and you are sure to have an epic family holiday.

Planning around School terms is essential, taking traffic and holiday bookings into consideration. The Best Holiday destinations in South Africa are busiest during school holidays, especially Easter weekend and Christmas Break. Christmas break is the longest school break where the kids and adults alike to advantage of the long summers.

 C rawford Schools Calendar 2018  Crawford Schools Calendar 2019
Term Opens Closes
First 13 January 18 March
Second 11 April 24 June
Third 18 July 30 September
Fourth 10 October 7 December
Term Opens Closes
First 9 January 15 March
Second 2 April 14 June
Third 9 July 20 September
Fourth 1 October 4 December

 Overseas Visitors

If you are planning an overseas holiday to South Africa these school calendars are useful. To avoid the bustle of local holiday makers the best times to visit South Africa and take advantage of our sunny summer days October/November and January/February. Or perhaps you are planning to visit family, if you can afford it plan your trip during school holidays to spend time together.

 ISASA Schools Calendar 2018

4 TERM CALENDAR

Term Opens Closes
First 13 January 18 March
Second 17 April 22 June
Third 17 July 21 September
Fourth 9 October 6 December

SA PUBLIC school holidays 2019

December holiday: Last day of school 2018: Tuesday 8 January. Schools re-opens on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

March holiday (Easter Holiday): First term ends on Friday 15 March and reopens Tuesday 2 April.
(11 working days, 17 total days).

June/July holiday (winter holiday): Second term ends on Friday 14 June and reopens Tuesday 9 July (16 working days, 24 total days).

September holiday: The shortest school break. Third term ends on Friday 20 September and reopens Tuesday 1 October
(6 working days, 10 total days).

December holiday (summer break): Fourth term and the last school day of 2019 is Wednesday 4 December.

SA long weekends 2019:

With twelve public holidays in South Africa each year, we’ve given you some guidelines on how to plan your leave to make the most out of your annual leave.
New Year's Day: Tuesday 1 January, during school holiday. Take leave on Monday 31 December for 4 days off.

Human Rights Day: Thursday 21 March, during school holidays/ Take leave on Friday 22 May for 4 days off.

Easter weekend: Friday 19 April (Good Friday) to Monday 22 April (Family Day). You get 4 days off. Take leave before or after the long weekend but remember kids must be in school.

Freedom Day: Saturday 27 April. It's only when a public holiday falls on a Sunday that the following Monday is granted as a public holiday.

Workers' Day: Wednesday 1 May. Kids are at school, but this is great ‘me-time’. Take leave on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 April or take Tuesday 2 and Friday 3 May, for 5 days off.

Youth Day: Sunday 16 June; Monday 17 June is a public holiday. This falls in the school holiday.
Take Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 off, for 9 full days off.

Women's Day: Friday 9 August. With no leave you get 3 days off.

Heritage Day: Tuesday 24 September. It falls in the school holiday.
Take Monday 23 September, for 4 days off. Or extend your leave to include Wednesday 25 to Friday 27, for 9 glorious days off.

Day of Reconciliation: Monday 16 December. During the school holidays. You get 3 days off.

Christmas: Wednesday 25 December and Day of Goodwill: Thursday 26 December. During school holidays. Take Monday 23 and Tuesday 24, plus Friday 27, and get 9 days off. Extend your festivities to 1 January, for 12 days with the family. If you take leave from Tuesday 17 December to 1 January, you get 19 days for 7 days' leave – what a bargain!

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