A Culture of Sport
Opportunities to Give
Participation in Sport is a proud tradition at Summerwood.
The development of talent and the professional approach to preparing the players thoroughly for matches are some of our highest priorities. Our aims are to develop young stars and to create a joyful, yet competitive nature for all players, therefore we have both professional and enthusiastic coaches in all codes.
It is the policy of Summerwood Primary School that all learners are encouraged to participate in at least one summer and one winter activity of the extra-curricular activities offered at the school.
The focus is on mass participation while catering for the needs of each individual participant.
Competitions are entered into where strength opposes strength and sportsmanship and the activity itself is the winner.
Sport Structures and Related Communication
The learner experience at Summerwood Primary School includes a diverse range of sport activities and opportunities to bond as a community. Learners are encouraged to do sport as play is such an integral part of the learners' learning,
We offer many options for our learrners to choose from, making them directly involved in designing their own sport path.
For us to perform well and to develop, Summerwood has a structure of leadership. These leadership roles will ensure that every decision regarding sport has been well thought through and discussed.
Mr Juan Smit is Director of Sport at Summerwood. He can be contacted for sponsorships at
(Get in touch to learn more about what it’s like to do sport at Summerwood Primary School.)
Mr Smit can also be contacted telephonically at 076 523 6022.
For any sport-related queries Summerwood applies a “bottom-up” approach.
This means that parents must speak to the coach of the team first, then the head of the sport code, then the head of sport, then an SMT member - before addressing the Headmaster.
Achievers - 2021
The following learners/coaches represented EP or South Africa at national level within official school sport at Summerwood:
Recognition for Provincial Representatives
Building the Future
The guidelines for school recognition are as follows:
1. All children will receive recognition in assembly (for Provincial or National) once their parents have sent proof of this selection to Mrs Lloyd by e-mail.
2. Once your child has participated at Provincial / National level (not only club, district or zone level) they will receive their Summerwood EP/ SA Representative badge during an assembly.
3. All Eastern Cape Representatives of any sporting code – whether a school-related sport or not, shall in the future only be recognized during a school assembly.
4. Only children who received South African Colours will be recognized at the Annual School Prize Giving ceremony.
5. Take note: Eastern Cape Representatives must have physically participated provincially and not just been part of a club, district or zone, that participated at provincial level.
6. Only the official Summerwood E.P. Representative / South African Representative badge may be worn at school and needs to be returned to school at the end of each academic year.
7. Please supply any additional information that may be required by the school, as needed.
8. Ensure that the class teacher is aware of any documentation being submitted.
9. Any queries can be forwarded to Mrs Lloyd at the front office. (041 583 3155 / e-mail ) involved with our Port Elizabeth community.
Please take not that this recognition extends beyond recognition for Sport, to include recognition in other areas such as Visual and Performing arts and Music.
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Summerwood Sport Codes
Commit and Excel
Since Summerwood Primary School believes in learners growing, developing and bonding outside of the classroom, there are a variety of activities available for all types of interests. Take a look below to learn more.
"I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up."
The Summerwood Primary School Athletics team consists of no more than two athletes per age group per event.
The Athletics team represents the school at the annual Dirk Brand Inter-Schools Meeting. Meetings, in which athletes from Under 10 to Under 13 can qualify for after this meeting, include:
The P.E. West Meeting;
The P.E. Schools Meeting;
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Meeting;
The Eastern Cape Schools Athletics Championship Meeting and
The South African Schools Athletics Championship Meeting
"I really hate it when I can't score runs from a ball." AB de Viliers
Summerwood Primary School offers softball cricket and hardball cricket from U/9 to U/13. All age groups have at least two teams.
Mr Juan Smit is Head of Cricket. Besides school coaches, a professional team helps the young cricketers to hone their skills.
Al the age groups compete in League matches.
The boys also take parts in other towns and cities like Knysna and East London.
Hockey - Girls
"A good player plays where the ball is."
"A great player plays where the ball is going to be." - Anonymous
Girls compete in U/9, U/10, U/11 and U/13 hockey at Summerwood. At least two teams per age group play regular matches.
The U/10 and U/13 Teams undertake hockey tours to Graaff Reinet and Knysna. We also host numerous touring teams, often at the Astro Hockey Field at Pearson High School. Furthermore; Derby Days like the Clarendon Park and St Dominics' Priory Derby Day give the players the opportunity to mingle with girls from other schools.
The Grades 1 and 2 learners get the opportunity to play mini hockey. They play matches at Fun Days at various schools.
Hockey - Boys
"Practise like you've never won. Play like you've never lost." - Anonymous
Summerwood Boys Hockey has improved over the last two years.
The young guns play mini-hockey. Two U/9, U/11 and U/14 teams play league matches.
The teams also take part in regular Derby Days and the U/14 A team goes on tour annually.
Boys are also annually selected to represent one of the Eastern Cape Teams.
"If at first you don't succeed, fix your ponytail and try again." - Anonymous
Summerwood girls start playing netball in Grade 1. By the time that they are in of the U/9 Teams, the girls play excellent netball.
Besides the U/7 to U9 groups, Summerwood has U/10, U/11, U/12 and U/13 netball teams.
Our netball girls excelled lat year, as was proven in the Derby Day against Clarendon Park, when virtually all the teams won.
"Looking back, 1995 became a story of a New South Africa, finding its identity through sport." - Francois Pienaar
The Summerwood Primary School Boys Rugby Teams love this sport! Specific skills are taught and practised at each session.
Grades 1 to 7 boys play rugby. The official league team age gropus are: U/9 ; U/11 and U/13.
Our boys had a good season last year. The U/13 A Team even managed a 31 - 31 draw against the reputable Clarendon Park U/13 A Team at the Derby Day in 2018.
Everyone can train hard when they are feeling good. But it's the days when you're feeling bad that you have to step up. That's when champions step up. They pull through." - Chad le Clos
Summerwood swimmers are coached in their various age groups after school by an experienced coach per age group.
The A-team swimmers participate in the Premier League Relay on Friday afternoons. The B and C age groups participate in galas on Saturday mornings.
We offer class swimming as an integrated part of the Life Skills programme to all learners from grades 1 to 7.
Foundation Phase learners are divided into two separate sessions: Grade 1 and 2 Beginners and the Grade 1 and 2 Intermediate Group. These swimmers are respectively taught to swim and to correct strokes.
I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.” - Roger Federer
The Tennis Tournament and the Tennis Ladder will be the highlights of the Summerwood Primary School tennis season for 2019.
These learners are given the opportunity to participate in tournaments.
During practices a player may challenge another player 1 or 2 places above them on the ladder.
The U/10-players participate in singles and doubles league matches. Players are selected by coaches to enter. Two players are entered as a doubles team.
A maximum of 5 teams can be entered.
Inter-Schools Cricket Matches - Summerwood cricket players in action