“Sport has the power to change the World. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in the way little else does. Sport can awaken hope where previously there was only despair.” – Nelson Mandela

We realise that the enhancement of physical and mental development of our children is certainly the most important contribution that sports can give, however the list of values our children learn and acquire through sports does not end here. Other positive aspects are numerous, which reveals the true beauty of sport.

Sport plays a pivotal role in the development of a child at Kirstenhof. Our school’s philosophy about sport is to get every child playing sport, with a specific focus on team sports, without it being compulsory. Children must want to play sport at our school. We believe that sport plays a large part in improving academic performance in the classroom.

Our school’s sporting objectives are:

  • Create more depth and thus a larger talent pool;

  • To be consistently more competitive across all sporting codes;

  • Enjoy the victories, learn from the losses;

  • To develop each individual. Learning to be part of a team is essential for this to happen;

  • To remain humble and enjoy our sport;

  • To practice and play hard, but respect our opponent;

  • To treat every participant, A team or C, as equals.

We are very fortunate to be able to offer a very extensive extramural programme to our children. The sports we offer are netball, hockey (boys and girls), rugby, squash, cross country, gymnastics, cricket, swimming, tennis, athletics, chess. We play regular fixtures against local schools and participate in many festivals and tournaments across all sporting codes.