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What we offer | Sport and Culture

The heartbeat of this school is in the people. All of them. Those who teach and care and those on the receiving end of all the input.

In addition to a wide variety of sport activities offered by the school, learners can express themselves through performing arts, exciting outings and participation in regular fundraising projects.

Sport for Physically Disabled

The following sport codes are offered and coached at the school:

Athletics – field and track items Carpet bowls Cycling Games
Golf Swimming Table tennis Wheelchair ballroom dancing
Wheelchair basketball Boccia

The learners participate in the following:

  • Inter-school /Inter-club competitions
  • W.P. Championships for Physically Disabled
  • S.A.National Championships for Physically Disabled

In addition to the school’s inter-house athletics meeting, the disabled learners (12 years and older, who has been classified) participate in an Inter school / Inter club athletics / cycling competition and, on invitation, in the W.P. Championships for the Disabled.

Each year many of our athletes receive medals and set records for athletics, cycling and swimming at the S.A. National Championships.  Our learners also compete and excel at national level in soccer, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair ballroom dance.

Our ex learners have achieved success by representing South Africa in cycling at the Paralympics’ Games in 2004 and 2008.

School Sport

A wide variety of sport types take place on Thursdays during the last two periods. Team practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14:00-15:00.

Swimming Cricket Athletics Karate Cross-country
Table tennis Netball Tug of War Soccer

Pupils who participate in sport for able bodies will compete in the special schools league or against main-stream schools and clubs, depending on the sport.

Our learners excel in sport and annually we have Paarl School representatives in W.P. and Western Cape LSEN teams.

Sport activities offered at the school are:

  • An inter-house athletics meeting early in February every year where mass participation is encouraged
  • Inter-schools athletics against Jan Kriel School and Tafelberg School is held a week later and the senior learners accompany the athletes as supporters
  • Swimming gala – everybody participates
  • Matches against other schools are organised
  • Hennie Bosman’s Kyokushin School of Karate

In addition to sport tours, friendly matches take place during school hours, as learners travel daily with buses across the Peninsula to attend Paarl School.


The choir practises twice a week. They participate in the Tygerberg International Eisteddfod; in an annual choir festival for ELSEN Schools and the ‘Very Special Arts Festival’. They regularly perform at homes for the aged and churches. Ms Ronel van Dijk is responsible for the choir.

UCSA - United Christian Students Association

The UCSA at Paarl School forms part of the culture activities and participation is voluntary. The activities vary from talking about current affairs, watching a DVD or just socialising as a group.

The annual weekend camp at Jonkershoek, close to Stellenbosch, is extremely popular amongst learners and thanks to approximately 30 voluntary assistants, this event remains a highlight on the Paarl School calendar.

Other Cultural Activities

On a Friday during the last two periods, the following cultural activities take place:

Hobbies Outdoor activities Art
Chess Drama Music therapy for juniors
Emotional skills development Computer literacy Ballroom dancing (including wheelchair ballroom dancing)
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