Cultural

Christian Union

Christian Union at Claremont is a group of Christians, or those investigating the faith, who meet together for games, a teaching and building relationships. We are very privileged to have the Fuel Team from Commonground join us every Thursday and they host really fun and creative programmes. It is all about us going deeper in our faith and getting to know each other.  

Coordinator ~ Ms E. van Vuurren

IsiXhosa for Beginners

This a class for learners and educators who are interested in learning about the Xhosa culture and language. It is a platform for all learners and educators to embrace the diversity of the school.

Coordinator ~ Ms Z. Masabalala

Photography

A former student, now working in the photographic industry, runs a photography workshop for willing learners. Learners need to provide their own camera (smart phone cameras are often adequate) and need to work towards developing a portfolio of their own by the end of the term.

Coordinator ~ Mrs T. Kagee - Solomons

Choir

The choir is a space for fun, teamwork and musical excellence. Weekly practices focus on building vocal strength and proper singing technique, as well as learning to fully appreciate music in all its forms. Our repertoire is constantly growing and is very varied (with many styles and genres) so that all music tastes are catered for. 

Conductor ~ Ms E. Roselt

Drama

"Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances"- Sanford Meisner
 
In Drama Club we allow learners to come and express themselves in an extremely academic space. Here they learn about others and themselves through the roles they embody. They are thus able to connect with different kinds of students from different grades, genders, religions, cultures and backgrounds. Our focus areas include teaching various aspects which are required in a basic drama skill set. These aspects include projection, improvisation, character building, teamwork, script writing, stage management, wardrobe and audio-visual tech.   Our aim is to work towards a production which we hope to stage at the end of each year. The group is led by two students and a teacher. 
 
Coordinator ~ Ms S. Rhode

Debating

The CHS debating society is part of the larger Rotary Schools Debating Club. Learners engage in workshops where they apply critical thinking and reasoning to tackle various controversial issues. 

In general, the benefits of debating include:

  • Gaining broad, multi-faceted knowledge cutting across several disciplines outside the learners' normal academic subjects.
  • Increasing learners’ confidence, poise, and self-esteem.
  • Providing an engaging, active, learner-centered activity.
  • Improving rigorous higher order and critical thinking skills.
  • Enhancing the ability to structure and organise thoughts.
  • Enhancing learners’ analytical, research and note-taking skills
  • Improving learners’ ability to form balanced, informed arguments and to use reasoning and evidence.
  • Developing effective speech composition and delivery.
  • Encouraging teamwork.

Coordinators ~ Ms K Falake and Ms M Möller

Interact

Interact consists of a group of learners from various schools who would organize events suchas:

  •  A fun day for underprivileged junior/pre-school kids.
  • Assist in the cycle tour by handing out water/ cool-drinks/ ect
  • Assist in any suggested charity projects.

This group is funded by the Rotary Club.

Coordinator ~ Mrs S. Ameer

Mandarin

Mandarin is a language class offered by the Confucius Institute based at the University of Cape Town. A tutor has a class once a week in which they share both the language and culture of China. The course offers many opportunities for learners who show ability and interest in the Chinese language and culture.

Coordinator ~ Mrs T. Kagee - Solomons

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts is a fun way for learners to de-stress whilst being productive and learning about environmental sustainability.

Using mostly recycled materials, learners bring new life and colour to otherwise old and forgotten materials.

We live by the motto: "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Coordinator ~ Ms K Falake

Gumboot Dancing

Gumboot dancing was launched at the school in its founding years. Taught by CHS students, this skill is passed on from year to year, and students from all races, genders and grades are encouraged to participate. The routines the students create are creative, vibrant and full of life, balancing the academic focus of the school.

Coordinators ~ Yandiswa Sojola; Thulile Makhubalo; Aphelele Buti; Philasande Gulwa

Zumba

Zumba is a popular dance-based form of aerobics. Both male and female students eagerly participate, and help lead our Zumba sessions - traditionally one of our best attended extramurals.

Coordinator ~ Mr G Shaw