High school culture
Cultural activities offered:
- School newspaper
- Film and culture club
- Photography club
- Debating clubs
Culture is one of the foundational pillars of developing a well-balanced learner. At Curro Durbanville, learners are offered the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities, from choir to drama. In this way, learners can develop a love for art, regardless of their abilities in sport or academics.
- Music tuition: Approximately 270 learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12 receive music tuition at Curro Durbanville. Tuition takes place during school hours. Grade 7 to Grade 9 learners have the option of taking the Music Specialised Course instead of Arts and Culture. Grade 10 to Grade 12 learners may take music as a full school subject.
- Instruments: Tuition is offered in piano, recorder, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, vocal training and music theory.
- Examinations: Learners are entered for the following external exams: UNISA, Trinity of London, Royal Schools, ALMSA and Rock School.
- Eisteddfods: We take part in the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod, Tygerberg International Eisteddfod and the Cape Town Eisteddfod.
- Concerts: We organise various concerts during the year to give our music learners the opportunity to perform on stage. We also invite professional artists to perform at our school.
- Choirs: Curro Durbanville has three choirs: a junior choir (Grades 1 to 3), senior choir (Grades 4 to 7) and a high school choir (Grades 8 to 12).
- Competitions: Our learners also participate in various music competitions every year, e.g. the Johann Vos piano competition and the Hubert van der Spuy music competition for primary school learners. We have also had learners playing at the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival.
Every two years the drama department presents a big production. Snow: A musical was staged in 2016, and in 2017 we are staging a children’s theatre.
Learners have a chance to take part in a different art workshop every term. These workshops give learners who do not take art as a subject a chance to be creative and learn more about art. Workshops that have been presented include mosaic, woodwork and etching classes, dry point and darkroom printing.
Curro-osity school newspaper
The Curro-osity is the high school’s glossy and professional newspaper and is a quarterly publication.
Film and culture club
The film and culture clubs have merged to help learners explore a bigger range of art forms. The club tries to attend art films, drama productions and musicals as often as possible.
The photography club is very popular. Due to the huge interest shown, we have established two photography clubs where learners learn the art of taking photos in a fun way. Learners currently have the option of joining our beginners photography classes where the basics of composition are taught.
The more advanced photography classes address the manual functions of photography: how to shoot with your aperture and shutter-speed settings and how to follow a career path in photography. Learners have great fun on outings where they are taken to Cape Town and Stellenbosch. The educators and other professional photographers help them understand how to shoot amazing compositions.
Afrikaans and English debating clubs
These two debating clubs have been formed to give learners a weekly platform to practise their debating skills. Leaners come together once a week and debate the given topic.
Every now and again the Afrikaans debating club will have a friendly debate against neighbouring schools. The Afrikaans club also participates in die WOW debating festival in Stellenbosch and the Dink-of-Sink debating competition of DF Malan High School.