Sport at Northern Park Primary
A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered by the school, to develop each learner in a holistic manner.
The extra-curricular sports programme includes: Athletics, Cricket, Rugby, Cross-Country, Hockey for boys and girls, Netball, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis.
While it is not the intention of the school to force any learner to participate in a particular sports code or activity, every learner is strongly encouraged to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity per term.
Fixtures are played on a regular basis against local schools, as well as some further afield 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 organising of tournaments.
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.
The school goes to great lengths to arrange matches against other schools, therefore, once a learner has elected to participate in a particular code, they are expected to commit themself to the practices and match participation of that code.
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.
Physical Education and Sports Dress
The Physical Education programme is included in the Education Department’s current curriculum and all learners are required to participate in it. It is not a voluntary activity and therefore, only learners who can produce a valid medical reason as to why they ought to be excused from this programme, will be permitted to do so. Learners are informed of the correct sport and practice dress-code and are to ensure that their kit is clean, complete, correct and neat.
For sport practices, the prescribed school T-shirts and shorts are required with appropriate footwear. White shorts and shirts are required for Cricket. Coloured footwear is not allowed and learners are advised to establish from their coach the sports-code requirements prior to purchasing sports gear.
Learners may wear their school tracksuits on cold days or to cover sports kit. The tracksuit top may be worn on its own as a wind-breaker, however, if the pants are ever worn, these must be accompanied by the top as a full tracksuit.