We believe sport is part of the greater school curriculum and pupils must participate in a summer and winter sport. We encourage maximum participation irrespective of a pupil’s skill level. Involvement in sport is essential in the development of life skills and the establishment of a life-long healthy living programme. Team sport develops a sense of camaraderie amongst the pupils and a vibrant school spirit, in addition to enhancing their ability to work together towards a common goal.
Those who excel on the sporting field are offered opportunities to test their mettle against top sporting schools, and are given a chance to be considered for possible provincial selection. We produce winners and strive to perform above the norm, yet we teach our pupils to accept losing with grace and maturity.
The College offers swimming, cricket, tennis, horse-riding, hockey, rugby, netball, cross country, athletics and golf. We have a number of advantages in the sporting arena: we are considered to be one of the top equestrian schools in Gauteng. We play in the A League Boys and Girls hockey as well as A league Cricket.
Our sporting facilities are phenomenal with an Astro turf, Pitch cricket nets, heated Swimming pool, Netball and Tennis courts.
Cornwall Hill College offers a diverse cultural programme in the form of music, art, drama and extensive co-curricular activities. We have a vibrant musical tradition at the College and our purpose built Music Centre caters to the needs of every pupil in a relevant and contemporary manner. In the Preparatory Phase, the pupils have two class music lessons per week, while music is offered in the Senior College as a choice subject to matric level. An in-house collection of guitars and keyboards provide each pupil with hands-on instrumental experience, regardless of talent or ability. Alternatively, pupils may choose the co-curricular option, which offers a wide variety of instruments and styles of music. Private tuition is offered in a range of instruments such as piano, guitar, percussion, voice, keyboard, clarinet, saxophone, flute, recorder, drums and violin.
Ample opportunities abound for budding musicians to perform individually or in groups. In this way, they are able to derive maximum enjoyment and benefit from their music involvement. The College currently boasts an orchestra and jazz band, a sax trio, flute choir, string ensemble, two marimba bands, various choirs and eight other ensembles. The pupils perform at various music competitions, concerts and eisteddfods.
Investment in music technology has given the College an additional edge in this field. The computers in the music department feature the latest software that enables pupils to compose, record, produce and arrange their own compositions, keeping them motivated and enthusiastic to practice and excel in music. In this way, music theory becomes relevant and practical, enhancing performance at music exams.
The music experience at the College instils in the pupils a positive self-image, a desire to achieve excellence, an ability to set goals, co-operation and group cohesiveness.
The art department focuses on creative expression with a variety of materials before introducing conventional art techniques. In the process of producing an artwork, a pupil is exposed to creative problem-solving, sensory perception and self-expression.
During the school year, there are a wealth of opportunities for pupils to showcase their talents in the school productions, an extensive programme of music concerts and various other shows. The interhouse drama festival, provides pupils with the opportunity to write and produce their plays under the guidance of a mentor. We provide a platform where pupils can bring their ideas to life.
The cultural aspect of the co-curricular programme at the College is as highly valued as academics and sport. Pupils are given the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of activities such as debating, public speaking and drama. Recent cultural trips have included Grahamstown, North America and Europe.
The exploration of the world beyond the classroom contributes considerably to the personal development of our young people combined with access to a fully equipped media resource centre. Further more, opportunities abound for leadership and extra-curricular learning experiences.