Treverton College has a rich and varied cultural and extra-mural programme.. As with other activities offered at Treverton, team awards, half colours, colours and honours can be earned by participants who perform at pre-determined skill levels.
Music and Dance
Lessons are offered extra-murally at Treverton in piano, recorder and guitar.
Pupils are entered for examination through the Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College, London. They are encouraged to participate in the Pietermaritzburg Eisteddford in August every year, the annual Treverton Revue, periodic music concerts,Â and to perform at school assemblies.
Classical Ballet lessons are available and students may enter for the Dance Academy of South Africa examinations (which go from Tiny Tots to Advanced level). Medal Tests are available in Classical, Demi-Character, National and Modern and there are opportunities to participate in shows and concerts.
The focus of classes is to develop sound ballet techniques which form a foundation for any form of dance that pupils may wish to pursue. Dance provides a way to get fit and flexible and to develop self-esteem, poise and confidence.
Small Ballroom, Modern and Tap dancing groups also meet on the campus.
The Choir, which provides entertainment at many school functions, takes part in the annual Co-Ed Choir Festival.
Pupils are also encouraged to audition for the KZN Youth Choir and the Natal Midlands Choir and we regularly have successful Trevertonian representation at each.
The Chess Club caters for players who want to play competitively as well as for those who are wanting to have a friendly social game.
The club meets twice a week; three teams compete annually in the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Inter-school Leagues, where great success has been enjoyed in recent years as the League winner. Treverton players regularly compete in individual tournaments and Midlands Trials.
For pupils interested in the fine art of Debating...
A society meets regularly to hone its public persuasion skills in various inter-schools tournaments and get-togethers throughout the year.
Drama encourages and promotes self-confidence, language skills, imagination, creativity and co-operation and the valuable lessons that it inculcates live on long after school days.
Not only does this hold true for those who participate onstage but also for those who get involved in the various behind-the-scenes activties such as sound and lighting, set-building and painting, make-up, and costume assistance.
Dramatic Art at Treverton is an examinable Matric subject that encompasses an exciting and broad-based programme. At least half of this content is theory: studying of plays and playwrights; the origins and history of theatre, and different forms of speech, drama, dance, movement and music.
Pupils who think this is a "soft" option should think again because there is a lot to learn, and it is mentally, physically and emotionally demanding.
There is also a large practical component to which pupils are exposed in a modern, well-equipped theatre. This includes aspects of drama and theatrical production such as: Performance Arts, Set & Stage Design, Costumes & Make-up, Lights & Sound, Marketing & Publicity, Stage Management, Making of Documentaries, Videos & Radio Plays, Research, Writing & Performing Own Scripts, Choreography and Producing & Directing.
Many schools have successful and active outdoor clubs and societies, but Treverton College differs from this in that it offers these outdoor activities to everyone through a unique educational concept - the Outdoor Pursuits Programme - which was pioneered at this school.
Part of this programme replaces the traditional Physical Education classes within the School day for Grades 8 to 10 and part of it constitutes voluntary extra-mural activities.
The programme also provides a firm and rewarding base for character development, personal challenge and achievement; it encourages awareness of, and a desire to get involved in the natural environment. It offers legitimate opportunities to the less academically inclined, or - in terms of traditional sports - to achieve school colours and recognition.
A typical Outdoor Pursuits lesson would include any of the following:
â—¦ kayaking on the school's dam, rock climbing on indoor & outdoor climbing walls, navigation & orienteering in the Treverton Wildlife Area (TWA), camp craft & minimal-impact camping in the TWA, team building & leadership development using our obstacle course and mountain hiking training in areas of equipment, route planning & safety.
Pupils can work towards achieving the following NQF-recognised awards:
and the following:
These activities are fun and build self-motivation, encourage structured time in the outdoors, promote sensitivity to nature and help develop communication skills, physical skills and self-discipline. Experiences like this can be the beginning of a career path in the area of Adventure Tourism.