We are convinced of both the physical and socialising benefits of sport. Playing in a team is almost unequalled in its ability to prepare one for the world out there. With that in mind, we insist that all Grade 8 to 10 pupils involve themselves in a sport. We offer both team and individual, competitive and recreational sports. There is a niche for everyone.
Sport is also a vehicle to come together as a school. We celebrate all successes. Pupil leaders read out the week’s sporting achievements, Player of the Match and Sportsperson of the Week, to much applause. Colours ceremonies and awards dinners add a sense of pride and celebration.
Some of our pupils go on to represent the provinces and South Africa, while others represent the school with enormous pride and still others are content with representing the U/14D team and making friends for life.
Games and other less physical activities provide a very large portion of the social side of school life. They healthily and profitably occupy a part of the pupil’s leisure time and teach valuable lessons of give and take, called sportsmanship. Indeed, sport may be regarded as a preparation for life.
Aerobics, fitness and yoga are excluded for pupils in those grades, unless they are done in addition to a team sport. They are also encouraged to get involved in the cultural extramural programme. Pupils in Grade 12 are also required to participate in at least one extramural activity in each season. Participation is recognised for life orientation.
Pupils who are heavily committed to formal and organised activities such as dancing or surf-lifesaving may request to be excused from further participation at School. A certificate outlining the nature and extent of the commitment must please be supplied.
Pupils who fail to honour their extramural commitments (e.g. practices or matches) without excusing themselves correctly will be given detention.
Subject to limitations imposed by time, numbers of interested pupils and the availability of appropriate facilities and coaches, we offer a variety of games from which pupils may choose.
The current offering is:
Boys: Athletics, cricket, water polo, swimming (subject to water restrictions), tennis, basketball, fencing, surfing and body boarding.
Girls: Athletics, swimming, tennis, water polo, fencing, softball, basketball, indoor hockey, surfing and body boarding.
In addition, ALL pupils are expected to take part in athletics during the first term.
Boys: Rugby, hockey, badminton, squash, cross-country, soccer (squad) surfing (squad), fencing, body boarding.
Girls: Hockey, netball, badminton, soccer, squash, cross-country, fencing and body boarding.
Pool & Club
The School is the proud of new Mike Edwards Aquatic Centre, a heated waterpolo and swimming facility (25m x 8 lanes).
The pool is a wonderful asset but a dangerous facility. Strict discipline is required at all times and the following rules must be observed.
- Pupils must be able to swim unassisted.
- Pupils may not enter the pool area without a responsible adult.
- Do not run around the pool or on the surrounding grass.
- Do not bump/push/throw or pull people into the pool.
- Do not walk or stand on the FILTER COVERS.
- Do not fool around in the pool area (EVER), e.g. duck swimmers, dive- bomb etc.
- Only TEAM swimmers may use the starting blocks (under instruction from the coach). No one else may use or stand on them.
- Swim caps are COMPULSORY for both boys and girls WHILE IN THE POOL. This rule also applies to all water polo players.
- No board shorts or bikinis allowed whilst in training for any code.
- Do not spit or urinate in the pool or surrounding grass areas.
- Do not dive into the pool unless instructed to do so by the coach.
- Do not hang on the lane ropes, unless there is an emergency.
- Do not eat at the poolside or in the pool. Do not leave any litter behind you.
- The Sports Hall changing rooms may be used. However, do not enter the hall with wet feet. Please dry them before you enter the hall.
- No ball games are allowed except legitimate water polo drills.
- Jewellery may not be worn.
Any deviation from the above rules will result in the removal of the offender from the pool area.