Passionate participation is paramount at Victoria Park and learners are encouraged to develop their own unique talents and interests. The aspect of cultural awareness and appreciation is deepened through the wide diversity of extra-mural activities and social clubs that Victoria Park offers. Groups and societies include:
The school choir is a mixed choir in four voices, consisting of seventy-five members. The choir normally makes up the bulk of the cast of our Musical, every alternate year. Every other year, we have a formal choir year, participating at Eistddfods, Choir Festivals, our own Music Department “Spring Extravaganza” and Hospice’s annual fundraiser “The Last Night of the Proms”.
Music is offered on two levels:
Music as a subject – as part of the curriculum
Extra-curricular instrumental tuition – which is offered subject to available teaching time and in order of merit.
The Music Department offers tuition in the following instruments:
4. Saxophone (Alto and Tenor)
6. Drum kit and percussion
8. Vocal tuition
9. Rock and Classical Guitar
VP has a senior and a junior steelband. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. “pan x” , the senior band performs regularly. These include performances at the Wildsfees 2013, a corporate function at the Red Location Museum and numerous school functions. The repertoire of the band includes music from the Beatles, Bob Marley, Coldplay as well as Toto’s famous “Africa”.
The Wind Band encompasses all the wind instruments that the school provides tuition for. It is the largest ensemble at the school and players must be of at least Grade 3 ABRSM standard. The Band performs a large variety of music varying from Movie themes to classical pieces and also Rock. We perform at School Reunions, Eisteddfods, Prize-givings, etc.
Drama-related activities include our One-Act Plays’ Festival, our biennial musical – this year we staged a most successful ‘Beauty and the Beast’ - and our three-day Arts Festival held every alternate year where learners are encouraged to participate in and appreciate the various creative art forms such as music, dance, poetry, visual art, photography and various theatre performances in order to encourage and nurture a love of the Arts.
Every year the VP Department of English hosts the much anticipated oratory competition. In the weeks leading up to the competition learners in this society engage in workshops that prepare and shape them to be more effective and confident speakers, and help them to master the invaluable skill of effective public speaking.
This society is open to anyone with enthusiasm, the ability to identify a great photo opportunity, and who loves to view life and capture experiences through the click of a button and the zoom of a lens. The society enjoys outings to scenic or significant places, and is responsible for collecting photographs at memorable events and special events involving the school.
To be a member of the Photographic Society one does not have to have the very best camera, one just needs to make the best of the camera that you have!
The Quiz Society is home to all General Knowledge enthusiasts and has proved to be quite popular among pupils. At present quiz has a membership of approximately 30 pupils. We meet every Tuesdayafternoon to practise and we have great fun playing various trivia games to improve our general knowledge.
Our quiz pupils, affectionately known as “quizzards” compete in a highly competitive Inter- schools quiz league and write a number of general knowledge quiz Olympiads. We also compete in the eagerly anticipated annual Varsity College Quiz Competition where schools engage in a ‘battle of the brains’ hoping to earn bragging rights to the sought after Albert Einstein trophy.
A debate is, basically, an argument. That is not to say that it is an undisciplined shouting match between parties that passionately believe in a particular point of view. In fact the opposite is true. Debating has strict rules of conduct and quite sophisticated arguing techniques and you will often be in a position where you will have to argue the opposite of what you believe in.
The debating society at VP consists of a number of dedicated and passionate members. Both our junior and senior teams fiercely compete in the Port Elizabeth/Uitenhage league, in which of over twenty schools in the bay area participate. We also compete in various competitions, such as the Annual Alexander Road High School Debating Festival and the NMMU Law Debating competition.
Ballroom dancing is offered to the Grades 10,11 and 12 on a Monday evening between 7-8pm. Two instructors from the dance studio, 'Dare to Dance' teach various Ballroom and Latin American dances as well as Line dances. The learners who do Ballroom have the option of doing their dance exam at the end of the year at their respective level. The dance year is then concluded by an anual Spring Ball