Grens celebrates local sport with festival

IN ACTION: Schools across the metro taking part in the games. Picture: SUPPLIEDTAMMY FRAY

Twenty-nine schools across the metro competed in the annual Grens Sports Festival from March 9-11.

The festival included mainly winter sporting codes including rugby, hockey, and netball.

The host school fared well, with the rugby under 15s and 16s dominating in their games against Cathcart High School and Kingswood College. The hockey teams beat both Lilyfontein and Greenpoint Secondary School and the netball sides kept a consistently outstanding performance, winning 13 of the 21 games.

Grens educator Telana Botha said: “This year’s derby was significant as it was the first year the festival hosted under13 rugby matches. Since Grens Primary moved to its new premises, the schools have been able to work together on coaching and planning.

“It was the ideal time to incorporate the primary schools and this year we also had a lot more teams participating.

“The festival provides participating schools with the opportunity to select their teams pre-season. This is the 12th Grens Sports Festival and it has become well-established on the sporting calendar other schools look forward to participating each year.

“The festival has grown to such an extent that some matches were scheduled for Thursday so that we could accommodate all the teams.

“Learners participating in the sports festival learn valuable social skills. They learn about teamwork, discipline and healthy, competitive behaviour. It is also an opportunity for learners who are unable to participate in sport to make a contribution in other areas, like assisting in the tuck shop and at other points of sale.

“There is truly a sense of community spirit which is evidently more than usual during such events.”

The impact of the festival was marred by reports detailing underage drinking among learners outside the school premises. In response to the Daily Dispatch report, the school said;

“Staff from both schools started a clean-up process very early on Sunday morning.

“Please be assured that the school does not take this matter lightly. We have already started putting a strategy together in an attempt to address the situation for next year and for derby days this year.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to control everything that happens outside the school grounds

“Perhaps residents can assist by contacting their security companies to help deal with unruly behavior in and around their properties. In this way, we will be supporting and boosting the security measures already in place.

“We also appeal to parents to be aware of the finishing times of matches so that they can personally collect their children.” —


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