A Spirit of Participation
The educational programme of any top school should reflect a balance between academic, cultural, environmental and sporting activities. In this respect, Bergvliet endeavours to remain at the cutting edge of each pursuit.
With a wide selection of sports to choose from, there is a place for every pupil, no matter what their level of skill, interest or objective may be. Sport builds confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and a sense of belonging – we believe it is critical to the emotional, social and physical development of our pupils.
Sport is particularly well suited as a means through which life lessons can be learnt and one’s character developed. Through sport, a pupil will learn to win and to lose; to know when to strive for more and when to be gracious in defeat; to push themselves; to lead as well as to be led; to think as a member of a team; to adapt and to co-operate.
Pupils are encouraged to take up sporting and cultural activities. Sports practices take place twice a week so there is ample opportunity for them to become involved in both.
Netball is a winter sport for the girls. We boast six teams in a very competitive league every week. Our girls have access to four Netball courts during the winter months to excel in their chosen sport.
This is a Winter sport played in our gym hall. We have two League teams and two development teams that train every week.
Basketball is a summer sport at Bergvliet; we have two courts that our boys and girls teams use. We Strive for our Bergvliet reputation in sport and this extends to Basketball were we have teams in every age group across both boys and girls.
One of the only things offered throughout the year. We have three teams that compete in the chess leagues and we have another two teams that play socially within the school. This normally takes place in our brand new library for a very quiet atmosphere.
The very game of cricket and the spirit in which it ought to be played ties into our core values and aids the development of the young individual into an all-round gentleman. Berglviet is fortunate to be able to accommodate so many players due to the facilities it possesses. There are six turf cricket nets, five artificial cricket nets and two cricket ovals. We are lucky enough to be one of the only schools in Cape Town to have Flood Lights on our main cricket oval to accommodate Day/Night Cricket.
Cross-country running is offered at Bergvliet as a winter sport. A small but dedicated group of pupils makes use of this option, testing their endurance on a wide variety of open-air courses and building a high level of fitness.
Golf has gone from strength to strength since becoming an official sport at the school. Under the guidance of dedicated coaches, our pupils are offered the opportunity to develop their game and improve through regular competition.
We are proud of the hockey culture that exists at Bergvliet. We make every effort to create an environment that will see us continue to strive on and off the field, as well as ensuring an enjoyable and fun experience for all pupils who choose to play. It is our mission for all hockey players to develop a passion for the game that will inspire them to continue to play well after they leave school. We endeavour to continuously grow the game of hockey at our school. We boast six boys teams and seven girls teams in terms two and three.
Indoor Hockey is a summer sport for the girls, the numbers are growing every year and we are entered into the Schools League competing against the tops schools in Cape Town. We use our Astro for these trainings with our side boards to create a unique outdoors court.
Athletics is a Summer sport, with our pupils taking part in the Zonal meetings we look to push the envelope an create a winning atmosphere. We are involved in a year Triangular with two rival schools that brings out the best in our athletes. Our school Interhouse system starts the year with the Athletics day, our four houses competing for the accolade of the best house in athletics
Rugby is played at Bergvliet in terms two and three. The players are fortunate to have two fields to practice on throughout the year. We enter five teams into our very competitive league. The boys that play Rugby are taught life lessons within this sport that they take out into the world once they leave our school. Our Derby Days are a big part of the culture we are trying to instil in the pupils at Bergvliet.
Interest in soccer has grown tremendously at Bergvliet. The sport is offered in the winter months with three teams being fielded against major opposition.
Squash is a popular and social sport that combines speed, skill and mental strength. The values one attains from squash can be translated into any avenue – whether it is another sport or simply the timeless attribute of commitment. The calibre of squash being played at Bergvliet at the moment is very encouraging for the future.
Bergvliet swimmers participate in six or more galas in the first term and then again in the fourth term. Our swimmer use the pools in our area to do their training. We take part in the annual Sanlam Mile swim where we have place in the top three school groups for the past few years.
With four all weather courts, tennis is offered in terms one and four. Our pupils participate in various leagues and local competitions.