Extra Curricula

at Petra College

Cultural Activities at Petra

Our school offers a wide variety of clubs, in which students have a chance to showcase their talents. Our policy is to bring out the best in every student, by teaching them leadership qualities, etiquette, to care, to love, to give, and above all, to always put others before self. We have a variety of clubs in both the Junior and Senior College such as Art, Business Management, Chess, Computers, Debate and Public Speaking, First Aid, ICDL, Interact, Maths, Media, Ndebele, Toastmasters and Wildlife. Our students in the Senior College also have a choice to do an elective club, offered outside the school, such as dancing, horse riding, music, etc.

Some highlights of what some of our clubs have done in 2017:

Art

Art Club This club is separated into Junior and Senior Art Club sessions with the Art Teacher heading the Senior group and one or other staff member taking the Junior session. The work from these clubs often finds its way into the ZITF Home Industries competitions, where many awards are achieved. This is a very popular club with the children who all very speedily go for registration before space in the sessions fill up.

Chess

Chess The Chess Club is active in training pupils from Grade 4 to 7 for the steady stream of fixtures with other schools and for the annual Chess tournament hosted by Petra College Junior in October of every year. This club is popular with the more studiously inclined pupil and the two teachers responsible for coaching the children are very dedicated and passionate about this club.

Computers

This is a very popular club for Grade 4s only. The topics covered on a termly basis, to name a few, are Powerpoint , Photo Editing and 3D Design. The Teacher in charge of the IT department runs this club and her knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject positively influences the students.

Music

The Music Department offers pupils the opportunity to learn or enhance their skills in Singing (Choir), Guitar playing, Recorders and Marimbas. Petra College Junior has always had a very strong tradition in giving Music its rightful place in the curriculum, and in recognising its value in the holistic education of the pupils. Over the years the department has seen some talented musicians come and go , and we continue to nurture and encourage that talent so that it then becomes a way to minister to the community and market the Petra brand.

Ndebele

This club is headed by the HOD of the Ndebele Department and invites older pupils to explore the Ndebele Culture more deeply through song, dance, Poetry and Drama. Every second year the school holds an Ndebele Cultural Day punctuated by a celebration of all the aspects of this culture mentioned above. The Ndebele Club students are at the forefront of the activities and have a lead role to play throughout the day.

Wildlife

Wildlife – Petra College Junior is dedicated to educating the students about wildlife and conservation in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa and other parts of the world, time permitting. This club is for both boys and girls and involves visits outside of school and also visits to the school by people whose expertise in various fields of wildlife are shared with the students. The Senior Wildlife group participate annually in the Regional and National Wild life Quizzes and have made a name for themselves by being a very strong team to contend with.

Business Management

This club keeps the students busy, as they are taught how to run and manage businesses. This is done not only in theory but practically too. The club has had a couple of fundraising activities and the funds made were used to buy some groceries which were donated to a children’s home.

Debate

The Senior Debate team took part in various debate competitions and they excelled with the main highlight being their winning of the ZITF Scholastica Debate Competition. Not to be outdone, the Junior Debate team comprising also took part in various competitions and they also debated exceptionally well, being crowned the Imbizo District Champions for 2017. The following is the detailed schedule of the achievements:

1. ZITF Scholastica Debate Competition

Petra participated in the ZITF Scholastica Debate Competition hosted by the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company, which focused on Children’s Rights. The Petra team did exceptionally well, winning all debates right through to final and were crowned the 2017 champions. They were presented with their medals and shield at the official opening of the Trade Fair (28 April 2017) by the Namibian President Dr Hage Geingob.

2. Imbizo District Debate Competitions

Junior Debate

The Petra team was crowned the 2017 Junior Debate Champion, being the only team to win all debates at the competition. The team qualified to represent the district at the Provincial Competition.

Senior Debate

The Petra team emerged as the 2017 Senior Debate Runner Up. The team qualified to represent the district at the NASH Provincial Competition.

3. NASH Provincial Debate Competition 7 & 9 June 2017

At the Provincial Debate quarter finals, both the Junior and Senior teams won a total of 3 debates out of 4. Consequently, they qualified for the semi-finals where the Junior team bowed out of the competition after a loss. The Senior went through to the finals where they became the 2017 NASH Provincial Runners up.

4. EMA Imbizo District Debate Competition

At the EMA Imbizo District Debate Competition, the Petra Debate team came first on the affirmative side winning a set of bins. Michelle Jackson was voted the Best Speaker and received prize money.

5. EMA Provincial Debate Competition

At the EMA Provincial Debate Competition, again the Petra Debate team came first on the Affirmative side, winning a set of bins, brooms and prize money.

Public Speaking

1. Rotary Public Speaking Competition 2017

Natasha Moyo was the Runner Up in the 2017 Rotary Public Speaking Competition. She won $100 and a huge hamper.

2. Imbizo District Public Speaking Competition

Takudzwanashe Bvurire was the 2nd best speaker in the Junior category winning a medal. He qualified to represent the district at the Provincial Public Speaking Competition.

3. Bulawayo Provincial Public Speaking Competition

Takudzwanashe Bvurire is attained position 1 out of 10 in the Junior category at the Nash Provincial Public Speaking Competition held at Pumula High School on Friday. He walked away with:

  • A floating trophy
  • A floating shield
  • A medal
  • Certificates
  • A T-shirt
4. National Public Speaking Competition held 28 September 2017

Takudzwanashe Bvurire attained position 5 out of 9 in the Junior category at the National Public Speaking Competition held at Chaplain High in Gweru. He is commended for a great speech delivery. Overall, all members of the Senior and Junior Debate and Public Speaking Club are commended for all their efforts in supporting the various activities of the Club and especially for the hours spent on research.

Drama Club

The drama club put on “Les Miserables,” a play about a convict made good in France in C1820.  51 students were involved.  The play was performed 3 nights in a row to the public, and what a great success this was.
In this club students also play impromptu games where they have to learn to think on their feet and to react appropriately to imaginative situations and learn how to act in response to each other. From half term onwards in the third term, the club has focused more on “Macbeth,” next year’s play, learning how to work with the Shakespearean English to make it sound natural.

Interact Club

This club focuses more on helping and working with the community, this maybe the school community or outside the school. This club carries out a lot of fundraising activities and all their proceeds go to charity homes. They have assisted in tournaments held at the school. They took part in the ‘SPAR’ sponsored cancer walk. The club procured donations for the Bulawayo Shoebox Project. Much has also been planned for the coming year.

Media Club

This club has done very well in capturing all special functions and activities which have taken place at the school, that is in the classroom, on stage, and on the fields. The school has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages which the club keeps alive with very interesting posts.