SPORT

  • Sport is a human activity that involves specific administration, organisation and a historical background of rules which define the object and limit the pattern of human behaviour; it involves competition or challenge and a definite outcome primarily determined by physical skill.

  • We play sport for healthy recreation and enjoyment. Sport also has great educational value in that it not only promotes physical fitness, but also encourages teamwork and the development of self-control, co-operation, loyalty, unselfishness, determination and leadership. Often leaners that begin their school careers as rather selfish and self-centered individuals gradually develop into more balanced personalities as a result of participation in team games.

  • On the principle that a learner should give back in return for what he gets from the school, every able-bodied learner should play sport at school. It is also very much in the learner's interests to play for his school, rather than for an outside club.

  • The learners of our school thoroughly enjoy taking part in inter-school matches. Competition is an important part of sport, and there is nothing wrong with this – as long as such competition produces enjoyment and not ill-feeling. Inter-school matches would not be worthwhile if they caused hostility and strained feelings between players or between schools.

  • Players will participate in their specific age groups, except where there are not enough players in their specific age group for that specific sport code i.e. cricket.

  • We expect learners, who commit themselves to a team, to not leave the team during the season.

CURRENT SPORT CODES

ATHLETICS

  • During the first trimester we host our Interschool Athletic Competition where teams compete for the title of the team with the top athletes and team with the best team spirit. During the competition we make use of the Computer Programme "Meet Manager" a programme used by the NSSU, Athletics Nambia and the IAAF (International Amature Athletics Federation) to do our calculations. Other important competitions on our calendar are Private School Athletics, Zonal -, Regional- and National Athletics. The coordinator is Dennis Hibbert. The learners and teachers are divided into three houses, Sharks, Seals and Dolphins. It is compulsory to attend the Interhouse Athletics meeting.

CHESS

  • Our learners take part in playing chess in competitions and championships.

CRICKET

  • Our learners currently take part in the club leagues.

ARCHERY

  • On 15 February 2014, 7 teachers (Pieter Vogel, Jolandi Vogel, Zane Botha, Nico-Louw Kirsten, Adele van der Merwe and Taliza Swartz) and 4 parents (Hanjo Horn, Dorothy Bachmann, Anél Maritz and Jeanine de Jager) took part in a full day NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) training course under supervision of Rudi and Marja Woortmann. 

 

  • The purpose of the course was to train BAI (Basic Archery Instructors) so that archery can be offered at WBPHS.

 

  • All the participants had to write a test and everyone passed. Everyone received an instructor's certificate. Mrs Kirstie Horn (Archery co-ordinator at WBPHS) would like to thank everyone that took part in the training program. Well done to these parents and teachers!

HOCKEY

  • Our school has its own ground field and lately boasts with a new standard grass hockey field. The Primary and Secondary phase partake in this sport.

NETBALL

  • We have 3 standard netball courts where about 85 girls partake in this sport. We are proud of our 10 experienced and passionate coaches. Our Primary and Secondary phase partake in this sport

RUGBY

 

  • Currently we have 2 standard rugby fields. We boast with our new Sport Clubhouse available for functions, rugby locker rooms, a pavilion and a fully equipped tuck-shop that the PTA manages.

TENNIS

  • We have 2 standard tennis courts. During the third trimester our Secondary Phase practises this sport while the Junior Phase practises throughout the year. The most important date on the calendar is the Interschool Winter Sport Day.

Principles and practices to be adhered to when playing matches and how to be a sporty spectator

  • Keep a sense of proportion. It is only a game – not a major confrontation. It is not the end of the world if the match ends in defeat for us. We should try to play a hard game and to enjoy it, but we should certainly not adopt the attitude that we must "win at all costs".

  • Give of your very best. Practice hard and play hard. Do not give in if the tide turns against you in a match – rather accept it as a challenge to "come back".

  • Make yourself familiar with the rules, and stick to them. Do not try to gain unfair advantage by breaking rules deliberately in the hope that you will get away with it – this is downright dishonesty.

  • Accept the referee's decision without question or hesitation. Do not show disagreements, irritation or disgust. Even the best referees make mistakes or are sometimes unsighted. The referee is really doing you and the School a favour by controlling the match.

  • Exercise self-control. A sportsman, in the true sense of the word, does not lose his temper or indulge in fighting and over-robust play. He plays the ball and not the man. Some players and spectators are obsessed with a "physical" approach, rather than with skilful, imaginative play. Do not retaliate when you think your opponent is guilty of foul play. Leave it to the referee to take action – do not take the law into your own hands.

  • There is only one captain in a team. Do not put him in a difficult or embarrassing situation by issuing orders yourself. Undermining a captain's authority will lessen the team's chances of success. Do not "moan" at players who make mistakes. Encouragement produces better results than blame, and helps to build up team spirit and produce an enjoyable game.

  • Avoid poor sportsmanship. Do not try to gain unfair advantage by using tactics that are not in keeping with the true spirit of the game, e.g. repeated, concentrated appeals in cricket, time-wasting in order to avoid being defeated, kicking or hitting the ball away when a penalty is awarded.

  • Do not indulge in displays of "temperament". There should be no throwing down of the bat or racquet, or shaking of the head in disbelief at the umpire's decision.

  • True sportsman/women do not look for excuses for his/her team's defeats, e.g. blaming the pitch or the refereeing.

  • Show courtesy and friendliness towards visiting players. See that they know where the changing rooms are and on which field they are playing.

  • After the match show them that you are good losers or modest winners. Thank referees, coaches, those serving refreshments or providing transport.

  • Ensure that you are properly dressed for your sport. Treat equipment with care – you are paying for it! Leave the changing rooms as you would like to find them.

SPECTATORS

Be a sporty spectator

  • We appeal strongly to parents to support us in maintaining this policy.

  • Encourage your players, but also show appreciation for good play by our opponents. Never jeer at the opponents or make disparaging comments. To "boo" is taboo!

  • Do not run up and down the touchline or move onto the field of play. This is physically dangerous to you and the player. In addition, the actions of an over-enthusiastic, partisan spectator can inflame the feelings of the players to the point where they lose self-control.

  • Do not become involved in arguments with supporters of the opposing school.

  • A steady stream of advice to the players from the side-lines can be unsettling and confusing. "Coaching" is not allowed.

  • Criticism of the referee or umpire is not only unsporting; it also spoils the whole atmosphere of the game and unsettles the players.

  • Exercise self-control and maintain a sense of proportion. If your team is losing, it is not a major tragedy!

Background Photos by Chrissi van Dyk