Our Lady of Fatima prides itself on the wide range of Cultural Activities offered to the girls:
Choir and Chamber Choir
High School girls have the opportunity to audition for the Choir and the Chamber Choir. Our Choir performs at various events and forms the backbone of our musicals and revues. The Chamber Choir is for those girls who have the ability to learn and perform more complicated works with intricate harmonies and counterpoint harmonies. Both choirs practise twice a week and lead the singing at our Masses. Choir rehearsals and performances are enjoyable and are an integral part of our school's cultural brief.
The Foundation Phase Choir and Murumba girls perform at day time and evening functions. The Intermediate Choir is actively involved in many performances in and around Durban. All choirs have the opportunity to sing together at the school’s annual “Choirs- In- Concert” evening which is enthusiastically supported by parents and friends each year.
Music forms a significant part of our cultural programme. Girls are exposed to a variety of musical instruments In the Music Department. In the Primary School, girls play marimbas, African djembe drums, violins, guitars and recorders during their music lessons. Music lessons are never boring - girls learn about the history and theory of music as well as about the music of different cultures, and they perform as often as possible.
Private individual tuition is also offered on campus in piano, voice, drums, violin and recorder. Our girls take part in the Durban Eisteddfods and enter international examinations. We hope to grow the marimba, guitar and recorder ensembles by adding violin and vocal ensembles in the near future. We are also providing the girls with the opportunity to take Music as a 7th subject in an extra-curricular capacity.
The Foundation and Intermediate phases of the school encompass the Humanities in their many and varied performances in the form of cultural evenings, plays, talent shows, special assemblies, and the annual Nativity and Carols Evenings.
High School girls with a wider range of talents e.g. dancing and acting, participate in the annual Inter-House Play competition, and other productions.
Fatima has a very strong and well-supported Interact Club in the High School. It is led by a committee made up of grade 11 girls who are voted in by the members of the Club. The girls embark on a number of service projects throughout the year, such as feeding schemes in the form of a weekly sandwich drive, supporting old-age and children’s homes, and blood drives. They are very involved in community outreach and assist wherever possible in street collections and as marshalls at numerous charitable events.
YDC (Young Dominican Christians)
As a Catholic school, girls have the opportunity to belong to the Young Dominican Christians (YDC) which allows them to explore and deepen their faith. This group meets on a weekly basis. Its focus is on living the values of the Gospel and is open to girls from all faith backgrounds.
Our Lady of Fatima girls are involved in debating and public speaking competitions:
We participate in the Durban Coastal Debating League, DCDL, which runs from January until August each year. We debate against a number of schools in the greater Durban area, from as far afield as Hillcrest, Umhlanga and the Bluff.
Our girls participate in various public speaking competitions:
The Forum Discussions are run by The Speech and Drama College (SA) and this forms part of the individual’s first term or second term oral marks. The competition involves team work and good listening skills.
Involvement in the Best Speaker competitions and Rotary/ Daily news Team Speaking Competition is whole-heartedly encouraged by our English Department.
Best Speaker Competition and The Junior Best Speaker Competition
Our girls compete in both the Best Speaker Competition and The Junior Best Speaker Competition, which are organised by The Speech and Drama College (SA).
The Daily News Rotary Team Speaking
Each year we enter a team of three girls to compete in The Daily News Rotary Team Speaking Competition. The team has to find a problem which affects young people and to which they have to find solutions.
Public Speaking, Forum Discussions and Debating and well supported by the Grade 6 and 7 girls who participate in various leagues and friendly tournaments with other Primary Schools.
This certificate course is exclusively for grade 11 girls. It is run by the Umgeni Branch of Toastmasters and is strongly skills based. Girls are given the opportunity to learn and develop their leadership and public speaking skills in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Media girls play an integral part in capturing the various events that the school participates in.
The Environment Club has a genuine concern for environmental issues. They create awareness, for example of the current water shortage, and participate in local conservation projects, such as the international beach clean-up on Glenashley beach and the Sustainable Living Expo.
The High School Craft Club was started in Term Three of 2015 for Grade 8 and 9 learners. This is a small group that has lots of fun just being arty. They have enjoyed upcycling waste products, such as old coffee jars, and creating user-friendly crafts from them. Many of these were put on display at the Sustainable Living Expo at the Exhibition Centre in August and the girls have enjoyed doing their bit for the environment in a creative way.