SPORT AT OUR LADY OF FATIMA DOMINICAN CONVENT SCHOOL
Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent School, although being a small school, can proudly boast a number of talented sportswomen who have achieved at provincial and national levels.
Our Lady of Fatima believes that a fundamental approach to education is one that is concerned with the development of the whole person and that every pupil has the potential to achieve something worthwhile to the best of their own personal ability.
It is not the winning that is important, but the spirit in which the game is played; and the support given to the players. While at Fatima we recognize that not everyone has the inborn talents of an Olympic athlete, we nevertheless believe in providing all sports enthusiasts with an opportunity to ‘play the game.’
Sport due to its nature has the ability to teach us many different skills. Skills which you may not learn in the class room, as sport provides a dynamic platform and environment from which to learn. It can teach team work, goal setting, leadership skills, strategic thinking, and how to take calculated risks. These are things which you will need at school, university and when you start working.
Researchers say that girls who play sport generally do better at school- it's not just "a healthy body equals a healthy mind", but also what skills that healthy mind has picked up while participating in sports. Playing sport and physical activity in general improves your confidence; it raises your self-esteem and supports a positive body image.
The main objective of the sports programme, therefore, is to identify and develop skills in every pupil because achievement in one area so often proves to be the key to the will to succeed in school life as a whole. Exposing the child to many disciplines will help her to participate confidently in sport, both during her school career and thereafter. Choice and balance again, therefore, plays an important part in the school's sports programme. This does not mean, however that there is no direction.
All pupils are encouraged to participate in an appropriate physical activity. These activities are supervised by fully qualified coaches under the Head of Sport.
Although Our Lady of Fatima is a small school – we have and use facilities that are excellent. These facilities include a swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, 4 netball courts and 1 multi-use court. Our Lady of Fatima practices and plays hockey at the Durban North Astroturf, which is home to Fatima hockey. The action netball courts at Durban North Arena are used for the Action Netball matches.
HIGH SCHOOL- Grades 8 -12
In the Senior school a variety of sport is offered to the girls.
Term 1 the girls may choose from swimming, tennis, social tennis, indoor hockey and touch rugby.
Term 2 the girls may choose from hockey, netball, cross country and social tennis.
Term 3 the girls may choose from soccer, tennis, social tennis and action netball.
Term 4 the girls may choose from swimming, hockey, action netball and touch rugby.
SENIOR PRIMARY – Grades 4 -7
Term 1 the girls may choose from swimming, tennis, action netball and rhythmic gymnastics.
Term 2 the girls may choose from hockey, netball, cross country and rhythmic gymnastics.
Term 3 the girls may choose from hockey, cross country, tennis and action netball.
Term 4 the girls may choose from swimming, indoor hockey, action netball and rhythmic gymnastics.
JUNIOR PRIMARY – Grades 1 -3
Term 1 the girls may choose from ball skills, movement to music, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics and mini tennis.
Term 2 the girls may choose from netball, netball skills, rhythmic gymnastics and movement to music.
Term 3 the girls may choose from balls skills, hockey and rhythmic gymnastics.
Term 1 the girls may choose from balls skills, mini tennis, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.
Apart from the sport offered at school, Our Lady of Fatima also encourages the girls to participate in Golf, Rhythmic Gymnastics (in the high school) and Horse Riding. These sports are offered by outside coaches and our girls participate in them as Fatima teams.