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:
Music is offered on two levels:
The Music Department offers tuition in the following instruments:
The school choir is a mixed choir in four voices, consisting of seventy-three members. Rehearsals take place every Friday afternoon. Every alternate year, the choir normally makes up the bulk of the cast of our Musical. Every other year the choir focusses on participating in local Eistedfodds, Festivals and the school's own concerts, including the VP Music Experience, The Spring concert and the Arts Festival. The repertoire of the choir this year will include, musical theatre, American spiritual and traditional African songs.
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 and Corporate functions at the Red Location Museum, Lake de la Vie, Algoa Bay Yacht Club and numerous school functions. The repertoire of the band includes music from the Beatles, Bob Marley, Coldplay as well as Toto’s famous “Africa” and various South African artists.
The Jazz Band which varies between 12 and 18 players at any given time. Players must be of a competent standard to join the Jazz Band. The band is made up of Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Drums, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards and an Auxiliary percussionist. A new addition will also include jazz vocalists. We perform a variety of music ranging from Pop, Rock to Jazz Standards, with a strong emphasis on improvisation and expression.
The Concert Band encompasses all the wind instruments the school provides tuition for as well as percussion. It is the largest ensemble at the school and players must be of at least a Grade 3 level in order to join the band. The Band performs a wide variety of music ranging from Movie soundtracks to Classical pieces and Rock. We perform at School Reunions, Eisteddfods, Prize-givings, etc. This year, we will also be adding vocalists to our performances.
Ballroom dancing is offered to the Grades 9, 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
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.
Drama-related activities include our One-Act Plays’ Festival, our biennial musical 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. There is, in addition to these activities, an Impulse group which meets every Monday afternoon to enjoy spontaneous theatre games and activities. Creative writing forms a section of this as well.
The cultural society was formed in 2006, by Mrs Nomsa Mafeke, and is a society focused on showcasing and embracing the cultural diversity of Victoria Park High School. The society's motto is "Embracing diversity." The Cultural Society is a well known society amoungst VP pupils, it is known for the cultural choir and events such as Africa Day, The Cultural Assembly and the annual Cultural Day in September.
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 Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 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.
RMD Book Club
Any learner at VPHS with a passion for reading, a love for the written word is welcome to join Book Club. Read, Meet, Discuss books in an informal and fun way is the aim. The society also enjoys outings to book launches as well as the Annual Shakespeare Festival.