Promoting Physical Development

Sports & Outdoor Education

College Girls 1st Team Hockey

Woodridge College Water Polo

Sport is a vital part of the curriculum at Woodridge College, not only for promoting physical development and coordination, but also to build character and nurture self-confidence. While we believe that competing against other schools encourages the development of self-control, co-operation, loyalty, unselfishness, determination, commitment, leadership, teamwork and initiative, we also feel that sport should be played for the right reasons, with enjoyment being a priority.

Participation in sport encourages a healthy environment and contributes to the overall experience for learners. Each term, the various choices will be presented to pupils and each pupil will have to select at least one summer and one winter sport. Attendance at all practices as well as matches are compulsory and pupils are expected to be available for sporting events on weekends.

The spirit and determination shown by Woodridge sports teams have, more often than not, enabled our sides to achieve fantastic results. This is backed up by the solid reputation our teams have when attending various festivals around the country, especially the Independent Schools festivals, where we have been consistently successful in all our sports.

Over the last few years we have seen a dramatic rise in our results, as a large number of our pupils have excelled even further and have been selected to represent provincial and national sides in various sports, including cricket, water polo, athletics, hockey, squash and rugby. We have an average of 50 – 60 provincial reps each year. Below are some of our more recent national selections.

We are very proud of the achievements of our sportsmen and women over the years, especially Old Woodridgean, Colin Ingram, South African Protea Cricketer.

SUMMER SPORTS CHOICES

WINTER SPORTS CHOICES

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Cricket

Cricket

Hockey

Hockey

Water polo

Water polo

Rugby

Netball

Athletics
(select group)

Athletics
(select group)

Equestrian
(select group)

Equestrian
(select group)

Tennis
(select group)

Tennis
(select group)

Squash
(2nd choice, select group,
Gr 10 – 12)

Squash
(2nd choice, select group)

Equestrian
(select group)

Equestrian
(select group)

 

 

Squash
(select group)

Squash
(select group)

 

 

 

Cross fit

 

 

Outdoor Education

Compulsory outdoor activities remain a unique component of the educational philosophy of Woodridge College. There are a variety of mental and physical challenges allowing our students to broaden their experience and promote resourcefulness, teamwork and leadership through experiential learning. Woodridge College strives to maintain and expand upon this excellent programme of outdoor education (OE) and adventure sport offered at Woodridge Preparatory School.

The aims of the outdoor education programme are to expose students to a variety of activities, nurture an appreciation of nature, help students overcome personal fears and develop self-discipline, responsibility and leadership qualities in a healthy environment.

During their time at Woodridge College, students will be exposed to most of the following:

The outdoor education programme is made up of three basic components:

  1. Compulsory Component: includes Bi-annual Grade Camps, Gr 11 Leadership Camp and annual X-Country, River Race and Outdoor Education Day.
  2. Voluntary hikes, camps and expeditions: offered at various levels of expertise throughout the year. These vary from simple day trips, one and two night camps, survivor-type scenarios to full-blown expeditions
  3. Voluntary clubs: such as surf lifesaving, canoeing, climbing, surfing, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling, horse riding, mountain biking, archery, adventure racing, sport climbing, kloofing, and sailing etc.

As with all lessons in life, much will depend on attitude. With so many activities on offer, the onus lies on the individual to volunteer and become involved. As the College academic, sports and cultural programmes are full and demanding, many OE activities are offered on a voluntary basis to allow students to choose those which suit their interests, ability and time constraints.

Woodridge Equestrian Centre

The Woodridge Equestrian Centre offers a wide variety of schooled horses and ponies for the riders to train on. We have a full-size sand dressage/ show jumping arena on which our riders train on. Woodridge offers a limited amount of stabling for the student’s horses, with grass and shaded paddocks for the liveries. 

The Woodridge Equestrian Centre offers the following lessons:

Riding Tuition, Livery and Indemnity Form