Woodridge

OVERVIEW

Sport is a vital part of the curriculum to promote physical fitness, well-being, character building, and self-confidence. Sport is a place for the practical application of our school values as we strive to develop a love of sport and a lifetime of physical activity.

Tthe diversity of the programme caters to varying interests and abilities, therefore creating a sense of belonging. Both participation and achievement are valued, allowing individuals to develop at their own pace. Opportunities and expertise are provided for those pupils who strive for excellence in their particular sport.

We believe that playing in a team promotes commitment, tolerance, tenacity, and self-discipline in our pupils as they work together to achieve a common goal. At the heart of this is teamwork, leadership, and good sportsmanship. An ability to cope with both victory and defeat and learn how to manage challenges that might come their way in years to come.

The Woodridge teams are highly competitive and have a good reputation when playing against our local schools or representing the College at various festivals all over the country.

Woodridge pupils will always put the game above themselves and compete to the best of their ability and are known to “box above our weight.”

Each term, various choices will be presented to pupils. Please refer to the sports choices form for more details on the options available per season. Attendance at all practices and matches is compulsory, and pupils are expected to be available for sporting events on weekends.

The spirit and determination shown by Woodridge sports teams have enabled our sides to achieve fantastic results more often than not. Our teams have a solid reputation 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. Many 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.

We have had several pupils selected for various national teams and sporting codes. Most notably, Amica de Jager (SA Open Water Swimming, Springbok & National Senior Colours for Surf Lifesaving, etc.), Edith Molikoe (SA U18 Hockey, SA Women's Indoor Hockey, SA U21 Ladies, SA Olympic Women's Hockey Squad 2021, etc.) and Caylin Maree (SA U18 & SA U21 Ladies).

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

our sports strategy

We work as a team, knowing that sport is fundamental to holistic development.
We create a sense of belonging, irrespective of the level of the team.
We use our sport as a vehicle to develop character traits.
We believe in talent identification to each child can reach their full potential.
We believe a competitive mindset achieves excellence.
We believe in good sportsmanship.
We experience more through meaningful participation.

Sport is a place for the practical application of our school values:

Mutual Respect & Dignity
Integrity & Honesty
Tenacity & Teamwork
Appreciation for the environment

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SPORTS VIDEO

SPORTS FACILITIES

Sport promotes physical development and coordination and helps to build character and nurture self-confidence in a healthy environment. It is compulsory to participate in a sport. Each term, there are several different sporting options to choose from and join in. Each pupil is expected to select at least one summer and one winter sport. Sport facilitates the development of self-control, cooperation, commitment, teamwork and initiative, which is why Woodridge holds sport in such high regard. To date, Woodridge sports teams have performed well, and many pupils have even been selected to compete at a national and provincial level.

Our range of sport facilities includes:

  • 3 x Artificial Surface Fields (1 main and 2 mini-Astros)
  • 8 x Tennis Courts (all weather)
  • 2 x Squash Courts
  • 3 x Swimming Pools
  • 4 x Cricket Fields
  • 4 x Rugby Fields
  • 3 x Hockey Fields (grass)
  • 5 x Netball Courts
  • Weights Room

At the College level, horse riding may be selected as a first-choice sport, allowing pupils to earn sports colour during their high school career.

SPORT  OFFERED

Boys

  • Cricket
  • Water Polo
  • Athletics (select group)
  • Tennis (select group)
  • Equestrian (select group)
  • Outdoor Education (compulsory for Gr 8 only, 2nd choice for Gr 9-12)

Girls

  • Cricket
  • Water Polo
  • Athletics (select group)
  • Tennis (select group)
  • Equestrian (select group)
  • CrossFit
  • Outdoor Education (compulsory for Gr 8 only, 2nd choice for Gr 9-12)

Boys

  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Equestrian (select group)
  • Squash (select group)
  • Outdoor Education (2nd choice for Gr 8 only)

Girls

  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Equestrian (select group)
  • Squash (2nd choice, select group)
  • Outdoor Education (2nd choice for Gr 8 only)

WOODRIDGE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

The Woodridge Equestrian Centre offers lessons  to internal and external riders and even parents. College pupils have classes from 14:00 onwards every day of the week. The centre is open from 08:00 until 16:30 during the week.

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