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Curro Sport | Exciting events planned for eSports.
16 March 2021

During lockdown in 2020 Curro Sport and Curro Technology piloted Minecraft eSports. Because it was such a huge success, Minecraft eSports has now become an official Curro sport. That’s not all. Our Curro eSports leagues are now expanding to include Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) as well!

eSports (or electronic sport) is competitive video gaming which often includes multiplayer game competitions between individuals or teams and gives learners amazing opportunities to take part in competitive play, build new friendships, collaborate and develop a whole range of skills.

Minecraft is here to stay

Minecraft Education Edition is a multi-player game, designed to allow players to interact within the same game world. It enables players to create, collaborate and compete while communicating easily through the built-in chat function in Minecraft or using Teams chat. Curro Sport hosted two very successful inter-Curro under 11 and under 13 leagues on the Microsoft Teams platform in 2020 in which we had more than 830 learners participate.

Winners of leagues:

League 1: EnderKnights from Curro Aurora

League 2: Pillaging Pirates from Curro Waterfall (under 11)

DeadEnders from Curro Hermanus (under 13)

Minecraft is now being rolled out as a formal league with different league structures (Squad league, Duos league, Busy Bees league and Speed Running league).

Introducing Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

Traditional eSports (such as Dota 2 and CS: GO) have been played on an ad hoc basis by some Curro schools, but with no formal Curro league or programmatic support. From term 2, we will pilot platforms and approaches to offer these leagues at Curro schools. Matches will take place on an online platform where learners will compete against other teams.

About Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena video game in which two teams compete to collectively destroy a large structure defended by the opposing team, whilst defending their own structure. The game is controlled using standard real-time strategy controls and is presented on a single map.

About CS: GO

CS: GO is an objective-based multiplayer game in which two opposing teams compete in game modes to repeatedly complete objectives. At the end of each short round, players are rewarded based on individual and team performance.


What is to come in 2021

Term 2

Traditional eSports (pilot): Dota 2 and CS: GO training for teachers


 15 April 2021

Traditional eSports (pilot): Training, preparation and league overview


 28 April 2021

Traditional eSports (pilot): Commencement of Dota 2 and CS: GO pool games


 29 April 2021

Minecraft: Commencement of Squad league pool  games


19 April to 4 June 2021


Minecraft: Training for teachers


12 May 2021


Minecraft: Training for teachers


9 June 2021


Curro Cup eSports: Minecraft, Dota 2 and CS: GO


12 to 17 July 2021


Term 3


Minecraft: Training for teachers


21 July 2021

Minecraft: Commencement of Duo league pool  games


26 July to 4 September 2021


Minecraft: Busy Bees league


27 July to 26 October 2021


Minecraft: Training for teachers


4 August 2021


Minecraft: Squad league quarter- and semi-finals


2 to 27 August 2021


Minecraft: Squad league finals


28 August 2021


Minecraft: Training for teachers


1 September 2021


Term 4


Minecraft: Training for teachers


13 October 2021


Minecraft: Commencement of Speed Run league


18 to 30 October 2021


Minecraft: Training for teachers


3 November 2021


Curro Klerksdorp | Learner breaks barriers in local board game achievement.
15 March 2021

Board games are gaining popularity across the globe, but one Curro learner is currently dominating a board game with origins closer to home - Morabaraba. Saudah Bhaimia, a matric learner at Curro Klerksdorp, has recently earned the distinction of being the first ever female to climb to the top of the official Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) Morabaraba rankings.

There is added importance to her rise to the top of the Morabaraba rankings, since doing so breaks the barriers of gender inequality, especially since Morabaraba is traditionally played among men. “As the first female to have won the Championships three times in row and to hold the top spot in the rankings, I hope it can help motivate and encourage other women to reach their goals and dreams, and to never give up,” Bhaimia says.

Earning the top spot

Bhaimia secured her place after walking away as winner of the MSSA's 2020 South African National Championships for the third year in a row and taking the Individual Honours for Morabaraba. With 175.5 points, she is a full 57.5 points clear of her closest competitor on the MSSA rankings.

“Morabaraba is more than just a game; it requires you to think critically and strategically. It also teaches you an important lesson in that, even if you’ve made the wrong move during play and things are not going your way, you have to move forward and carry on. You never know when things might take a turn for the better!” Bhaimia enthuses.

During 2020, she was also awarded South African National Federation Colours (Honours) by the MSSA and secured the coveted ‘Boardgamer of the Year’ award.

What is Morabaraba?

Morabaraba is a local strategy board game, which, like many others, is easy to learn but difficult to master. It is popular in both South Africa and Botswana, with variations found across the globe, including India (Char bhar), Zimbabwe (Tsoro yemutwelve) and Europe (Nine-man morris).

The game doesn’t actually require a physical gameboard, seeing that the layout can even be drawn in sand, with small stones used as pieces, called ‘cows’. With 12 cows each to start with, two players take turns to try and line up three cows on different intersections of the board. Doing so allows one to remove a cow from your opponent off the board. Whoever reduces their opponent to only two cows left, or no more possible moves, is crowned the winner.

Gaining an interest

Bhaimia’s interest in Morabaraba began after Curro Klerksdorp offered this board game as an extra mural activity in 2018, and she believes the game “brings back the roots of Africa with a modern twist.”

As Bhaimia played more games, her skill level increased and soon she was competing in, and winning local tournaments. On the day of a competition, she will make sure she had enough sleep, and begin by having a hearty meal and enough water to stay hydrated, followed by prayer.

Practice for competitions is key, and she plays games against a friend, family members and even online in order to prepare. The longest game of Morabaraba Bhaimia ever played lasted 30 minutes, and that was against her mentor and inspiration in the mind sport industry, Colin Webster.

Her personal dream remains to represent South Africa at the annual World Championships, however, for 2021, it is the Matric exams that are her fiercest opponent. After school, Bhaimia plans to study equestrian management, alongside a goal of becoming an English teacher.

Curro Aurora | Learners succeed in national golf tournament.
01 March 2021

Learners succeed in national golf tournament

Curro Aurora primary school golfers, Kaitlyn van de Vyver (Grade 6) and Casey Twidale (Grade 7), played in the B-division of the 2021 South African Women’s Stroke Play Championship. The three round (54 hole) championship took place at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club from 14 to 16 February. Kaitlyn carded rounds of 95, 79 and 83 to win the championship with a score of 257. Casey finished in 2nd place with a score of 263 that included rounds of 90, 86 and 87. Melissa Parr, Head of Sport: Primary School, wholeheartedly congratulates the girls with their stunning performance and sportsmanship.

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