Cultural

Overview

Our Cultural activities are constantly growing, we hold an annual Major Production, and are very competitive in public speaking and debating, winning many regional trophies for our participation. We have recently introduced a Glee Club and Media Group as well as participation in RAPS.

HeronBridge College has won Best School in the Region for the National Eisteddfod for 5 consecutive years (2005 to 2009).

Community Service

This also falls under our Christian Culture and we pride ourselves on offering many opportunities to our students to serve the community. This activity is includes our mission trips and Upward sport. read more

 

 

Head of Activity

Ingo vd Merwe (ivdmerwe@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

College Pupils

Team size

N/A

Gender

Both

Time of year

All year round

Practice Days

Own time. I.e. After school, weekends and holidays

Who do we compete against

Each pupil chooses personally where they wish to do their community service

League / non-league / friendly

N/A

 

 

Debating

We have some phenomenal speakers and debaters and HeronBridge College. This is one of the most important cultural activities we offer as it teaches the students many different skills.

 

 

Head of Activity

Christine Churchyard (cchurchyard@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

Jnr (Grd 8 – 9), Snr (Grd 10 – 12)

Team size

3 – 5

Gender

Both

Time of year

All year

Practice Days

Mon and Thurs

Match Days

Monday evenings (Forum league)

Saturdays (other leagues)

Who do we compete against

KDVP, St John’s, Roedean

League / non-league / friendly

all

 

Eisteddfod

HeronBridge College has won Best School in the Region for the National Eisteddfod for 5 consecutive years (2005 to 2009). We have extremely talented students ranging from music to public speaking to dance and drama.

 

 

Head of Activity

Jaco van der Merwe (jvdmerwe@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

All grades (entry is under grade not age)

We belong to the Sandton/Johannesburg region

Team size

Dependant on who chooses to enter.

Gender

Both

Time of year

Entry forms are due at the end of June.
The First round, National Eisteddfod takes place over 3 weeks in September each year.  
NEA – the second and subsequent rounds of Eisteddfod run from February to May each year.  This is only for those who were selected to participate in these rounds.

Practice Days

Own time or with private coaches.

Match Days

Any day of the week - schedule dependant

Who do we compete against

All other schools and performing arts studios in the Sandton / Johannesburg region.

League / non-league / friendly

Competitive, certificates and medals are awarded each round.

 

 

House Plays

This is an activity run entirely by the Grade 11 and 12 students. They write / adapt their own play, direct, chose props and it is merely supervised by a teacher. Here the creativity of the students can truly be seen.

 

 

Head of Activity

Head: Sonja Weideman (sweideman@heronbridge.co.za)

Caryn Irving - Barbet (cirving@heronbridge.co.za)

Wilmari Pretorius – Starling (wpretorius@heronbridge.co.za)

Shann McInnes – Turaco (smcinnes@heronbridge.co.za)

Lee vd Berg - Weaver (lvdberg@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

Grade 8 – 12. Plays directed by Grade 12

Team size

minimum 2, max 50 per house

Gender

Both

Time of year

January and February

Practice Days

Thursday and Fridays and as per informal arrangement

Match Days

10 February 2017

Who do we compete against

Houses

League / non-league / friendly

Friendly

 

Major Production

This is one of the highlights of our school calendar. In 2011 we presented “Hairspray”, in 2012 we performed “High School Musical” in 2013 we performed "Cinderella", in 2014 we danced the night to "Footloose" and in 2015 we performed "Annie". 
The students and teachers alike, love the performances of the students and the talent we have to offer is outstanding.

The theme of the 2016 Major Production still to be announced!

For ticket information please email: tickets@heronbridge.co.za
 

Head of Activity

Sam Wilke (swilke@heronbridge.co.za )

Competitive Age groups

Grade 8 -12

Team size

Approximately 50, including cast and crew

Gender

Both

Time of year

Auditions in February

Rehearsals from March to June

Performances in June

Practice Days

Thursdays 17h00 – 20h00, Fridays 15h00 – 19h00

Some Saturdays, Sunday afternoons for technical and dress rehearsals and dates to be advised.

Match Days

Week of 19 - 22 June 2017

Who do we compete against

n/a

League / non-league / friendly

n/a

 

Matric Dance Committee

This is open to Grade 11 learners. They apply via a CV and ideas that they can bring to the table. This activity involves many hours to make the Matric Dance perfect for the current Grade 12’s.

 

 

Head of Activity

Gayle Williams (gwilliams@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

Grade 11

Team size

10 -16 members (dependant on size of Gr 12 group)

Gender

all

Time of year

November - May

Practice Days

Mondays & Fridays 2nd Break

And the odd day to visit venues and décor companies

Match Days

Barnyard, Valentine’s Day, Dance

League / non-league / friendly

Social/ community service

 

 

Outreach

We have a Research and Development Centre on the property where our students help out and often assist in the training. The students also visit disadvantaged nursery schools and do gross motor skills with the students there. This is an extremely giving co-curricular activity and our students line up to be part of the teams. read more

 

 

Head of Activity

Teresa Porter (tporter@heronbridge.co.za )

Competitive Age groups

High School Pupils

Team size

Determined by activity but minimum 6

Gender

Both genders

Time of year

All year but pupils may sign up for a term or half term

Practice Days

Thursdays

Match Days

Wednesdays (we take teams into Diepsloot to work in the schools we support through the HT&RC)

 

 

Photographic Society

This activity not only teaches the students how to take photos but how to analyse different shots and styles. The students involved in this activity are also encouraged to attend different sporting and cultural activities to practice their skills and share their talent with the rest of the school.

 

 

Head of Activity

Nic Paidas (npaidas@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

Prep Seniors to Grade 12

Team size

N/A

Gender

Both

Time of year

Throughout

Practice Days

Tuesday afternoons 14:45 – 16:00 & organised outings

 

 

Public Speaking - English

We pride ourselves on the ability of our learners in Public Speaking. This activity teaches the learners so much more than just speaking in public. It covers research skills and speaking technique as well. We compete in the Guild as well as having an internal competition every year.

 

 

Head of Activity

Roz Wood (kmorgan@heronbridge.co.za)

Competitive Age groups

Grade 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (divided by Grade)

Team size

4 or 8 in 1st term

10 in 2nd term

Gender

Both

Time of year

First term - Guild,

Second Term - Internal Best Speaker Junior 

Practice Days

Breaks

Match Days

Guild-determined evenings

Who do we compete against

Variety depending on evening

League / non-league / friendly

Guild league competitive, internal friendly

 

 

R3

This group is run by the students and overseen by a staff member. They meet once a week to discuss relevant topics related to Christianity. read more

 

 

Head of Activity

Keagan Brady (kbrady@heronbridge.co.za)

Age groups

Whole school

Gender

Both

Time of year

All year

Meeting Days

Tuesday and Thursday 2nd break

 

 

Vocal Ensemble

This is a growing sport at HeronBridge College and with the acquisition of 3 brand new, wonderful Volleyball courts – we can only go from strength to strength. This is a popular activity amongst both the boys and girls and our coach and staff in charge are enthusiastic and extremely well qualified, having played for SA and coached at a provincial level.
 

Head of Activity Jaco van der Merwe (jvdmerwe@heronbridge.co.za)
Competitive Age groups All ages
Team size 30
Gender Both
Time of year All 3 terms
Practice Days Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Match Days Depends on competition
Our competitors Depends on competition
League / non-league / friendly Friendly