EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The school has a policy whereby it intends developing each learner in a holistic manner, therefore, a wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered. While it is not the intension of the school to force any learner to participate in this programme, all learners are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one sports code per year, but preferably, one code per term. Part of the school’s ethos is for learners to develop a life-skill in the form of commitment to what one commits to. It is therefore, expected of a learner to commit him/her-self to the practices and matches associated with the code of their choice. After all, the school goes to great lengths to arrange coaches, fixtures as well as support mechanisms to ensure a productive and meaningful sporting season. The extra-curricular programme includes, but is not limited to: Art Club, Athletics, Chess, Choir in seasons, Cricket, Cross-Country, Drama, Hockey for boys and girls, Scripture Union, School Plays, Soccer and Swimming.
Fixtures are played on a regular basis against local schools, as well as some in the country such as Eston, Greytown, Ixopo and Richmond. During the swimming season, an annual Inter-House Gala is hosted together with some mini Inter-School Galas.
The second term is by far the busiest in terms of sporting fixtures and the organizing of tournaments. Amongst all the sport played during this term, an u11 Girls’ Hockey tournament is held on the first Saturday in May which used to coincide with an annual “Art in the Park”. It is deeply regretted that this activity has been compelled to be halted as previously participating schools have become more and more scarce. An annual Soccer Tournament a few weeks later, is always a morning of great fun with participating teams playing between 4 and 5 mini games during the morning.
During the third term, the entire school, from Grade 3 to 7 is strongly encouraged to become fully involved in the school’s Athletics programme. A very lively and highly competitive Inter-House Athletics meeting concludes the Athletics season for the school’s learners, however the school’s Athletics Team goes on to participate in an annual Inter-School meeting held early in September, to welcome in the season of Spring. Five schools usually compete in this friendly but highly competitive meeting.
During the different “sporting seasons”, teams from the school’s three sports-houses compete in internal, Inter-House matches. These games are invariably the highlight of the season and one can imagine the lively competition that prevails. Each winning team causes points to be accumulated towards a final shield presented at the end of each year.
The following sporting codes are offered during the course of the year.
Boys' Cricket: mini, u9, u10, u11, and u13.
Swimming for Boys and Girls from Grade R to Grade 7.
Boys’ Soccer: u9-u13
Girls' Netball: u9-u13
Girls' Hockey: u9-u13
Cross Country for Boys and Girls: all ages
Athletics for Boys and Girls: all ages
Boys' Hockey: u11 and u13
Girls' Soccer: u13
Boys' Cricket: mini, u9, u10, u11, and u13
Swimming for Boys and Girls from Grade R to Grade 7
The school supports the artistic talents of its learners by affording them the opportunity to freely express themselves in The Art Club. This is offered as an after-school activity under the guidance of a specialist Art Teacher.
The school choir regrettably is only formed for the Junior Primary Nativity play, held at the end of the year. Previously, the school had a magnificent choir that showcased its talents at a number of choir events around the city. Unfortunately, the school does not have a choir master, but will hopefully be resurrecting this extra-mural activity in the near future.
For those learners who enjoy the performing arts, the popular Drama Group is always a hive of activity. This club does wonders to develop a positive self image, together with encouraging learners to conduct themselves confidently in public.