WINTER SPORTS OFFERED
Grade 1 to 7 children participate in the following sports:
Boys: Hockey, Rugby, Cross Country (Grades 4 to 7), Fitness (Grades 4 to 7) and Chess (this is a paid extra-mural)
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Cross Country (Grades 4 to 7) and Chess (this is a paid extra-mural)
Our school participates in the Helderberg Zonal League. The schools involved in this league are from Somerset West and the surrounding areas (Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Macassar, Stellenbosch etc.). Our aim is to make sure that as many of our teams participate in matches on Thursday afternoons. This is often difficult, however, as some schools have fewer teams in certain age groups than we do and this would mean that, on occasion, some of our teams will not play a match on a particular week. We have also found that the A teams participate on a more regular basis than the B and C teams.
The netball league involves children from U7 through to U13. League matches take place on Wednesday afternoons. We make every effort to make sure that all of our teams participate in the weekly matches, but not all schools have both an A and a B team available in all age groups. The girls that are not chosen that week have a normal practice session on our courts on a Wednesday.
We feel that rugby is a sport that is critical in boosting the physical and psychological development of our boys. There is a lot of hype and emotion that surrounds the sport, so we have taken the decision to run rugby in way which will best suit our own interests. We are involved in the WP rugby league, where matches take place on Wednesday afternoons. We also try to organise our own fixtures against teams of our own strength as well as against touring teams.
Cross country is new to the sports programme. At present, the children participate in the Helderberg league, where races are hosted on Friday afternoons. The races are held at various venues around the Somerset West/Helderberg area.
Chess is a wonderful extra mural where your child is able to develop essential cognitive and practical skills such as logic, collaboration, discipline, attention to detail and analysation. Chess classes are on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and children may choose to attend on either of these days or on both days. In winter, our Monday and Tuesday chess classes continue, as well as our Friday afternoon matches. We register with the WP Chess league, which allows us to play against schools in our area and in surrounding areas.
During our fitness sessions, the children have a chance to play TAG Rugby (every second week), use the indoor centre to row and develop their upper body strength, run in our vineyards, and do circuit training in the Prep Hall to improve their overall fitness. During the term, we test the children for upper body strength, core strength and their performance in a one-kilometre run.