Performing Arts & Cultural
Every effort is made by the school to encourage all the performing arts and to provide opportunities for the pupils to participate in public performances. This is an exciting area of school life and the development of the talents of the pupils remains a high priority in the school’s planning.
Cultural exchanges with other countries are a valuable way of appreciating our heritage and of preparing our pupils for the future.
Sport is not compulsory, as the school believes that the greatest success and enjoyment is attained by voluntary participation
Once a learner enters a sport, however, total commitment and hard work are expected. The school sets itself three ambitions: to encourage each participant to strive for excellence as an individual and as a member of a team; to give as many learners as possible the opportunity to represent the school; and to offer as wide a choice of sports as possible to cater for the individual talents of the learners.
To the school, the formative educational value of sport is paramount in the preparation of learners. Naturally the learners love to win because they are motivated to do their best and results are a measure of how successful their efforts are. While winning is enjoyable and most of our teams know the feeling, they also lose enough to know that failure is nowhere near the end of the world.
The major games
The school did not prescribe the major games of the school, but allowed the choice and successes of its learners to determine the most popular sports.
Soccer football remains the most popular game and for years the goalkeeper of the senior national team was from the school. Scores of learners have represented their province at junior and senior level and a number have played professional football.
The next largest winter game for boys is Basketball. In summer boys tend to support cricket and athletics, with swimming attracting a number of dedicated participants. The girls have done exceptionally well in swimming and the school has been represented at junior and senior provincial and national level.
All these sports have been consistently well supported and have achieved great successes and may be regarded as major games in their own right.
The support for other sports is no less enthusiastic and a number of individuals have climbed to the top of the ladder. Cross-country, tennis, squash, and softball have been organised on a regular basis.
The beautiful school Oval is used for cricket and athletics in summer and for hockey in winter. A pavilion was built in 1998 and this overlooks the Oval. Spectators can now enjoy athletics, cricket and hockey in the shade. The Upper Field is used for cricket matches and nets in summer, as well as for field events in athletics. In winter it is used as the main soccer field and provides four fields for netball. The Lower Field is used for junior cricket and soccer and for discus. Four all-weather courts provide tennis facilities throughout the year. The 25-metre, 8-lane swimming pool was built in 1982 and is constantly in use in summer. Floodlights, erected in 1993, make the pool available for evening galas.
The impressive Indoor Sports Centre houses a gymnasium, which is used for basketball and indoor training for other sports when it rains. There are also three modern squash courts and facilities for entertaining visiting teams.