Sport and Culture
A comprehensive and vibrant programme of sporting and cultural activities complements the excellent academic curriculum.
In line with the CAPS requirements for Life Skills, Penryn offers a variety of cultural experiences. Each week all pupils attend Art Classes as well as Recorder and Vocal Music lessons. The entire Senior Primary Phase participates in an Annual Musical Production and Drama is an optional extra. Other Extra Lessons offered are: Piano, Flute, Violin, Recorder, Guitar and Drums. Penryn enters the Nelspruit Eisteddfod every year with choirs, solos and drama. There are also opportunities for participation in Chess, Art Competitions and Choir Festivals.
We as adults need to remember that from the age of about 7 to 10 a child's overriding sporting goal must be to develop physical mastery. Hence, sport for all children at this age must promote the development of physical skills. The emphasis must be on learning the concepts of the game the importance of the different team positions and on how to co-operate with team members. This can be achieved without any emphasis on winning.
From the ages of 10 to 14, the child's main goal should be to develop friendships and to share experiences with these friends.
The physical life of each scholar is an integral part of the school programme and Penryn encourages the pupils to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. Physical education is an important part of the curriculum and all scholars are involved on a weekly basis. A natural extension of physical education is involvement in sport, which encourages mental and physical fitness, working together in a team and setting and achieving goals. Sport in the Primary Phase is compulsory.
The sports coaches, who are mostly teachers, strive to teach the sport rather than to coach it, and it is important for parents to understand this difference. Teaching sport implies an educational approach and is as much concerned with the attitudes, behaviour and values as it is with the acquisition of skills. Teaching is committed to the principle of improving the quality of life and sees sport as a means to this end.
At Penryn we strive for mass participation particularly in swimming, athletics, soccer and netball. Parents are asked to encourage this active participation, as it is through this type of healthy extramural activity that many negative influences of modern living can be countered.
All extra-mural activities are indicated on the termly programme drawn up by the Sports Coordinator in consultation with the Deputy Heads. Times and days of extra-mural duties are indicated on the programme. Pupils are given the choice of extra-mural activities at the beginning of each term. It is compulsory for pupils to be involved on at least two afternoons per week. Sport runs from 14h00-15h00 for Senior Primary.
Family members are usually put into the same house.