For the last 3 years the junior school has been running a very successful cricket academy. We have grown in numbers and the focus throughout has always been to create an affordable extra service that reinforces the fundamentals we coach at school cricket and to grow a love for the game and sport overall.
We have one of the best physical development programs in the country. Our program’s exercises are worked out by a sport scientist and carefully integrated to enhance the physical education requirements and to cover all the conditioning fundamentals of the sports we have as a school. Most of our team sports are developed in this period and enhancement programs run in the afternoon to make sure we have a good balance between a holistic approach, but with opportunities for gifted boys with exceptional talent to excel.
In the foundation phase we focus very much on exposing boys to as many sports codes as possible, as we value the cross development benefits it possesses.
Cricket is played in term 1 and 4. We play in the city A division of the league. We do have enhancement programs that offer support throughout the year, as cricket is one of our main focuses at St Andrew’s and has a rich traditional history.
Squash is one of our other sports that is part of the heartbeat of St Andrew’s, this skilled sport is played all year round from grade 3 to 7. Grade 1 starts in the 4th term for the first time and the grade 2’s play squash in term 1 and 4.
Rugby has been growing at the junior school in recent years, so much so that we are proud to say that we have been moved up to the A league. We have had good representation in provincial teams in the last few years. Rugby is formally played in term 2, but the pre-season normally starts in the middle of February each year.
Hockey is the sport at St Andrew’s that is played by most of our boys. We are very competitive, and the boys really enjoy it a lot. We also have a rich hockey tradition and have big plans to develop the talent of our boys even more. Hockey is formally played in term 3, but our more senior teams do play preliminary matches in term 2 already.
Athletics is the sport that brings the boys together in the beginning of the year and sets the tone for some “gees” and having fun. We have had a few wonderful results in recent years with some boys that have represented the school at the Primary school SA’s. Athletics is a term 1 sport.
At the junior school we have been playing inter house soccer for many years with friendlies being played with our U10, U11 and U12 boys against other schools.
Swimming is offered as a summer sport. Training takes place after school for the Foundation Phase where the focus is on water safety and stroke correction. Swimmers in squads train out of school. Most of our boys are club swimmers. Over the years our boys have achieved outstanding results.
The Inter-house gala is swum early in the season in order to be used as indicator for team selection for the Inter-Schools gala.