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The Junior School girls participate in formal PE lessons from grade 1-7. Girls have two lessons a week.

Strong emphasis is put on swimming, especially in the Foundation Phase. The Intersen Phase girls participate in synchronized swimming and life saving. During the second term, the emphasis is on ball skills, and girls are also introduced to ball sports which are not part of the afternoon sports programme, like cricket, softball, rugby and handball. Athletics also forms part of the PE curriculum and from Grade 1, girls are introduced to various events like long jump, high jump and hurdles.


The emphasis in the Junior School is on participation and being exposed to a wide variety of sporting activities. The following sports are offered:

1.    Athletics

Grade 0-7 girls all participate in the annual Sports Day, while the athletics team from Grade 1-7 participates in various Inter-School meetings.

2.    Basketball

Grade 1-7 girls are introduced to basketball. The Grade 6-7 girls also participate in friendly matches.

3.    Biathlon/Biathle

Girls participate in these sports during PE and the Inter-House competitions. A small group also participates in the Gauteng North league competitions and SA Championships.

4.    Cross Country

All girls participate in a House race, varying between 1and 3 km. The Cross Country team participates in various Inter-Schools meetings.

5.    Hockey

Girls play in the Inter-House matches, festivals and league matches. St Mary’s DSG hosts an annual festival in which 100 teams participate. Many St Mary’s DSG girls are selected every year for the provincial teams. The U11-U13 girls also go on a yearly sports tour during the April holidays.

6.    Netball

Girls play in the Inter-House matches, festivals and league matches. The U11-U13 girls also go on an annual sports tour during the April holidays.

7.    Swimming

St Mary’s DSG is known for its depth in swimming, and currently has 4 teams entered in the league. The A-team has won the A-league Inter-Primary gala 8 years in a row, and also participates in the Summer Splash festival in Johannesburg. The B and C teams are very competitive in their respective Inter-primary galas. The St Mary’sDSG swimmers also participate in the Midmar Mile every year and are not only a force to be reckoned with in numbers, but also in strength, winning the 2011and 2012 Primary Schools section.

8.    Squash

St Mary’s DSG has 4 squash courts and a professional squash coach. Girls can participate in squash from grade 2, and take part in festivals, league matches and provincial tournaments.

9.    Tennis

St Mary’s DSG participates in mini-tennis, in the U11 and U13 league. The girls can also play year- round non- competitive tennis.

10. Triathlon

This is a relatively new sport, but saw 50 girls competing in the 2nd year. St Mary’s DSG participates in the BSG/ Energade triathlon series, and won the schools division in 2011 and 2012. Some girls also participate at a provincial level.

The Junior School sports season is divided into five seasons.

Season 1

January- March

Grade 1-3

Swimming, Basketball, Squash

Grade 4-7

Swimming, Tennis, Squash and Dance Club

Season 2


Grade 1-3

Hockey and Netball

Grade 4-7

Hockey, Netball, Squash, Tennis

Season 3


Grade 1-3

Athletics, Squash, Tennis, Dance Club

Grade 4-7

Athletics, Basketball, Squash, Tennis

Season 4


Grade 1-3

Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, Squash, Dance Club

Grade 4-7

Athletics, Basketball, Swimming, Squash, Tennis

Season 5


Grade 1-3

Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Squash, Dance Club

Grade 4-7

Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Squash, Dance Club

The Junior School Physical Education lessons link with the afternoon sports programme. All Grade 1-7 girls have two physical education lessons a week, during which the sport skills of that particular season are focussed on.

A minimum of three teachers are involved in every physical education lesson. This makes it possible for enrichment and re-inforcement to take place.


Sport and physical education is seen as an activity of personal expression, a physical experience necessitating mental effort, with a strong emotional component enabling individuals to express themselves physically, experience the pleasure of play, self-development, personal development and self-actualisation. It is about testing oneself, learning, allowing the competitive spirit to flourish in the pursuance of individual excellence and about winning. It makes a significant contribution by teaching values, fair play, teamwork and co-operation. It can enhance preparation for a lifetime of well being, being active and being involved, teaching self-discipline, self-respect, respect for others and competitive skills and behaviours.

Sport in all its many forms has a great deal to offer children and young people. Apart from the joy of physical activity in itself, it gives them the chance to develop a sense of self-worth, a knowledge of their own abilities, an opportunity to work in cooperation with others and an understanding of competition. Sport offers the chance to experiment with physical and emotional boundaries in a healthy and safe environment. In short, it gives children and young people the chance to develop some of the skills needed for living in our society.

The International Charter of Physical Education and Sport, produced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), states that one of the essential conditions for achieving human rights should be freedom "to develop and preserve his or her physical, intellectual and moral powers, and that access to physical education and sport should consequently be assured and guaranteed for all human beings."


· To develop the physical, intellectual and moral powers of the learners and thereby improve the quality of life at all levels,

· To ensure a more effective contribution to the calculation of fundamental human values underlying the full development of people,

· To ensure that children and young people find enjoyment and lasting satisfaction through participating in physical activity,

· To encourage children and young people to adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle by making sports participation attractive, safe and enjoyable,

·To create opportunities for every learner to participate in sport at all different levels from Grade 0 – 12 from recreational to SA level,

· And, to make adults aware that children play to satisfy themselves and not necessarily to satisfy adults and their ambition.

Physical Education

Physical Education classes form part of the official morning and Life Orientation school programme. It is offered from Grade 0 – 10.

Sports Offered:



Inter-House competitions







u8-u9 Mini Hockey



u8-u9 Mini Netball



u9 Mini Squash





U8-u9 Mini Tennis

Individuals who do not want to participate at a competitive level can do Cross-Country, Squash, Swimming and Tennis as a module throughout the year.