“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose – it teaches you about life.” – Billie Jean King
Courtrai Primary is a balanced school that also excels in sport. We offer a variety of sports and through this, try to develop a wide range of skills in our learners.
Our extramural program is thus structured in such a way as to accommodate the learner who wants to participate in in more than one sport. Learners can take part in athletics, hockey, cricket, cross country, netball, rugby, tennis and chess.
Courtrai offers athletics coaching to all pupils during the first and fourth term. The season kicks off with our Inter House Meeting where pupils compete in their colour teams.
Die school annually enters more than 90 pupils in the zone meeting. From there, pupils can advance to the Paarl Final, Boland Central, Boland and Western Cape meetings.
In 2022, Courtrai is proud to have 3 athletes participating in the SA Championships. At this meeting, they achieved two gold, one silver, one bronze and a fourth place.
We also take part in a number of friendly meetings and will host our first Prestige Meeting in 2022.
All grade R pupils receive coaching in ball skills during school hours.
We currently have 14 teams that play matches regularly.
We host the Courtrai Tennis Tournament annually with 64 players coming from as far as Oudthshoorn.
The u.11 and u.13 teams regularly take part in tournaments. We are proud to have 6 Boland players in 2022. One of these players were chosen to compete in the National Tournament.
Our swimmers are currently all receiving training at private clubs. They participate in a number of galas, of which the Interhouse Gala is ons of the first in the swimming year.
The Courtrai Prestige Gala is always a special meeting for our swimmers.
Courtrai Primary offers Mini cricket for our foundation phase learners. Grade R receives ball skills training during school hours. Grades 1 to 3 take part in a number of mini cricket days, hosted by our neighbouring schools.
Our school’s cricket performs exceptionally well and we are fortunate to have 15 full teams. Our u.12 and u.13 teams have the opportunity to take part in the Boland trials.
We are proud to have 28 teams competing in the netball league. We also participate in a variety of sports days, where our pupils have the opportunity to compete against strong sport schools from across the Western Cape.
The highlight of the year is our annual tour to Oudtshoorn as well as our friendly weekend with Bredasdorp Primary School.
This year, our u.12 and u.13 A and B teams are taking part in the Riebeeck Kasteel Holiday Tournament during the March holidays.
We have 15 teams that will take part in the Western Province league during the 2022 season. We regularly take part in sports days. The highlight of the year is our tour to Oudtshoorn as well as the friendly weekend with Bredasdorp Primary School.
Hockey coaching takes place during the second and third terms with about 38 teams taking part.
We take part in provincial trials as well as friendly matches. from u.7 to u. 13.
We are very proud of the large number of young pupils who are turning into excellent chess players. Our players take part in the annual chess league. We also have regular workshopps to develop skills. We end our year with friendly matches agains Bredasdorp Primary School.
“The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.”
At Courtrai Primary we believe that taking part in cultural activities, is an integral part of every child’s development process. To support this, we offer a variety of cultural activities for our learners.
Courtrai Primary has both a junior and a senior choir where our learners can experience the joy of singing together.
Both choirs practice during school hours. We also have regular workshops.
Apart from singing at choir festivals and competitions, we annually take part in the Paarl Valley Eisteddfod, where both choirs received excellent results over the years.
Learners have the opportunity to receive tutoring in piano, recorder, guitae, ukulele, violin, keyboard, singing and music theory. All music learners have the opportunity to take part in internal concerts. Learners can also enter external exams (Unisa, Trinity or Royal Schools). We also encourage participation in the Paarl Valley Eisteddfod.
The drumline was started in 2022 and already promise to be a showpiece for the school. A group of 10 pupils form part of the startup group and are all developing their drummin skills. Practices take part once a week after school hours.
The Orff Orchestra is another new activity at the school. Learners have the opportunity to experience the joy of playing in an ensemble. The orchestra practices once a week after school and already had their first performance at the school’s Nativity Play.
The school has an active team of orators. The year starts with an internal competition. One of the highlights of the year is the annual participation in the ATKV Orator Competition.
Between 50 and 100 learners participate annually at the Paarl Valley Eisteddfod. Here our pupils have the opportunity to take part in a variety of categories, such as recitation, unprepared reading, choral singing, solo singing and instrument playing. A large number of learners also take part in different dance categories, mostly trained by private tutors.