2 Constitutional and Legal Framework
6 Expected Behaviour
ANNEXURE A: SPORTS CODES OFFERED AT SOUTH PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL
ANNEXURE B: CLUBS AND SOCIETIES ADMINISTRATION
ANNEXURE C: CLUBS AND SOCIETIES LIST 2021
1.1 South Peninsula High School ascribes to the philosophy of ‘Mens sana in corpore sano – A healthy mind in a healthy body’. It is our belief that learners need to be stimulated both mentally and physically, as well as to be enriched by their participation in cultural activities. This supports the mission and vision of the school.
1.2 Physical Education is seen as an integral part of the school’s curriculum.
1.3 We wish to ensure that all learners represent the ethos of the school with their appearance at practices, rehearsals, performances and matches, and their behaviour at sports and cultural events.
1.4 The purpose of this policy is to clarify, for the learners, parents and staff of South Peninsula High School, the acceptable and expected procedure and behaviour that will be followed at this school with regards to involvement in extra-mural activities.
2 CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK
The following constitutional and legislative frameworks and policies underpin this policy:
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996;
The South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996);
The National Sport and Recreation Amendment Act No.18 of 2007;
Policy in Respect of School Discipline at South Peninsula High School.
At South Peninsula High School, we believe in the holistic development of each learner. We encourage all our learners to participate in sport and/or cultural activities. Extra-mural activities are core educational components to teach time management and develop emotional intelligence, as well as the following life skills, among others:
- The ability to lose with dignity and win with graciousness
- Camaraderie and Teamwork
- Critical thinking skills
- Decision-making and taking responsibility
3.1 Physical Education
It is compulsory for all learners to participate in Physical Education (hereinafter referred to as PE) classes, in the official PE uniform. Not wearing the uniform will lead to a sanction in terms of the ‘Policy in Respect of School Discipline at South Peninsula High School’. If a learner is unable to participate in a PE lesson because of illness, he or she has to provide the teacher with a letter of explanation from the parent.
The school offers a wide variety of sports codes, both summer and winter (See Annexure A). Learners are encouraged to participate in at least one code in each season. Summer codes are played during the first and fourth terms, and the winter codes during the second and third terms. Practices and matches are overseen by either teachers or approved independent coaches.
Seen as more than just a sports code, Athletics occupies a special place in the life of South Peninsula HS during the first term of every year. On the first Friday of the first term, Grade 8s and other learners new to the school are divided randomly into the four houses, namely Azalea, Kendal, Mimosa and Protea. They then undergo a series of eliminations to determine participation in the inter-house athletics meeting. Participation in eliminations is compulsory. Only a valid medical certificate is acceptable as a reason for non-participation. Learners who are not selected as athletes for their houses are required to participate in singing practices while training takes place.
Athletes who have excelled in the various events are then selected for the school team to participate in the annual inter-schools athletics meeting.
3.4 Clubs and Societies
During the first term of every year, learners are encouraged to join a club or society of their choice at a Launch. These clubs and societies (See Annexure B) are overseen by teachers but often run by learners themselves.
Having committed to a school sport or cultural activity, no learner is permitted to stop participating in the sport or cultural activity during the course of the season unless permission to do so has been granted by the teacher in charge after having received a letter from the parent.
Learners are expected to honour their extra-mural commitments, in the following ways:
- They are expected to attend all practices and all matches for which they are selected. If, for good reason, a learner is unable to attend a practice or match, he or she should notify the teacher in charge well in advance. This should be accompanied by a letter signed by the parent/guardian. Giving a letter or a verbal message to the teacher in charge/coach via a team-mate is not acceptable.
- If a learner is ill on the day of a match played or performance during the school week, the parent / guardian must contact the office before 9am on the morning of the match or performance.
- Teachers in charge of each sports team/cultural activity will take a register at every practice/ rehearsal and be present for the duration of the practice/rehearsal. It is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that his/her name has been ticked off on the attendance register.
- Punctuality is expected for all commitments, including practice sessions.
- School sport/cultural activities take precedence over any club fixtures and any other non-school activity.
5.1 Learners are expected to check the sports/cultural notice boards regularly. Team lists with practice times, match times, dates and transport arrangements, etc. will be displayed on the notice board.
5.2 Parents/Guardians must register with the school communicator (d6 and Rise) and ensure that email contacts are updated, as these tools will be used to communicate any unplanned changes to matches or practices due to weather conditions and other unforeseen occurrences.
6 EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR
Learners are expected to adhere to the following code:
- Attend all practices or rehearsals.
- Always wear the correct uniform to practices and matches/performances.
- Show respect to the captain, coach, match officials, administrators, opponents and fellow competitors, as applicable.
- Know the rules of the game/ competition and play/perform according to them.
- Accept all the decisions made by the umpire/judges without questioning them.
- Control their emotions.
- Refrain from verbal or physical abuse of opponents, team-mates or umpires. No malicious ‘chirping’ is allowed.
- Be committed/loyal to their team.
- Be hospitable to visiting teams/performers.
- Be good sportspersons, whether they win or lose.
7.1 After practices and when matches are played at school, parents are expected to make their own arrangements to fetch their children. Parents are encouraged to form lift clubs or to share the responsibilities. In the event of parents being unable to organise transport, the teacher in charge needs to be informed timeously, and the school will endeavour to make alternative arrangements. The parent would bear any costs incurred.
7.2 Where matches are played at venues, or if learners are required to attend a cultural activity, away from school, the school will provide transport to the venue and back to the school. In exceptional circumstances, the learners will be taken to their homes. In these cases, the school will subsidise the costs on a 50/50 basis.
ANNEXURE A: SPORTS CODES OFFERED AT SOUTH PENINSULA HIGH
– Cross country
– Touch rugby
– Table tennis
ANNEXURE B – CLUBS AND SOCIETIES ADMINISTRATION
2. Registration and operation
3. Yearly Launch and Daily Operations
1.1. Clubs and Societies shall be run by both teachers and students, according to their needs and the capacity of the school
1.2. The School shall not bar any student or teacher from starting a Club or Society, unless that Club or Society promotes any activity that violates the constitutional framework under which the School’s policy regarding sport and cultural activities operates.
2. REGISTRATION AND OPERATION
2.1. Clubs and Societies must be registered with the school to be recognised and supported as official and valid.
2.2. Any Club or Society that does not register with the school through the official procedures shall not be deemed to be legally valid in the eyes of the school and shall not be supported.
2.3. Clubs and Societies must register with the Head of Clubs and Societies (Currently Mr N Dagnin) by filling out the necessary form containing information such as the name of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Supervising Teacher, etc.
2.4. The Head of Clubs and Societies shall retain this information in an electronic list and make it available to the school.
2.5. Learners shall fill out a form containing such details as their Name, Surname, Class and Grade, and Contact information in order to be officially registered with a Club or Society.
2.6. Forms shall be drawn up on a yearly basis by the Head of Clubs and Societies, to be distributed to students as the need arises.
3. YEARLY LAUNCH AND DAILY OPERATIONS
3.1. The Clubs and Societies shall be officially started as soon as is practicable in the 1st Term of the school year.
3.2. The Clubs and Societies “Launch” shall be initiated with a meeting between all prospective Clubs and Societies leaders and / or supervising teachers and the Head of Clubs and Societies, where the relevant registration information contemplated in 2.3. shall be gathered.
3.3. On a date to be determined, the Clubs and Societies shall have a “Launch” in the South Peninsula High School Main Hall, where they shall gather behind tables, with pertinent signs and displays. All students shall be given the opportunity to join a Club or Society by submitting the relevant form to the Club or Society as contemplated by 2.5.
3.4. After the launch event, the Clubs and Societies shall collate their membership list on an electronic document to be provided by the Head of Clubs and Societies, and forward their membership list to the Head of Clubs and Societies to retain in electronic form.
3.5. The Head of Clubs and Societies shall keep in contact via WhatsApp communication, or other forms of communication as are deemed necessary, with Clubs and Societies members in order to coordinate and support events run by the Clubs and Societies.
3.6. Clubs and Societies members and leaders shall inform the Head of Clubs and Societies and / or the Headmaster in good time of any events they wish to have or take part in, so that the school may assist in funding and coordination, as well as making sure those events are in line with the Constitution and Legislative Framework of the Policy regarding Sport and Cultural Activities.
4.1. Clubs and Societies shall be, as far as is possible, self-funding.
4.2. Clubs and Societies shall engage in necessary fundraising as far as is practically possible.
4.3. Should the school deem it necessary or expedient, it may forward a Club or Society money to use for a particular reason, but that money must then be paid back in full by that Club or Society through funds that it will raise.
ANNEXURE C: CLUBS AND SOCIETIES LIST 2021
1 Adventure Club
2 Animal Anti-Cruelty Awareness Club
3 Anime Society
4 Arcade and Gaming Club
5 Art Club
6 Baking Club
7 Bobo Club
8 Chess Club
9 Chinese Club
10 Cross Country Club
11 Dance Club
12 Debating Society
13 Engineering and Architectural Club
14 F.E.M. (Female Empowerment Movement)
15 First Aid Society
16 Forex Club
17 Friends in Faith
18 History Society
19 Ice Skating Club
20 Interact Society
21 Muslim Students Association
22 Pazozo Society
23 Photography Club
24 Pool and Snooker Club
25 Road Running Club
26 Robotics and Automation Club
27 Science Club
28 Sight-Seeing Club
29 SP Media Club: Speak Up and Yearbook
30 SP Radio
31 Swim and Surfing Club
32 Writing Club