The school will foster the ideals of citizenship, social responsibility and a lasting commitment to service, both by encouraging an understanding of international, national and community issues and by involving the pupils in practical acts of service to the community in which the school is situated.
~ excerpt from the original MaP Constitution, 1972
“SPE”: MaP’s Co-Curricular Activities
Maru-a-Pula’s afternoon programme is called ‘SPE’: made up of Service, Physical and Enrichment activities. These activities are ‘co-curricular,’ not ‘extra-curricular’. That’s because lessons learned outside the classroom are often more important than those learned inside.
Service at MaP is a hands-on experience of helping people. For over 45 years, MaP has been a world-leader among secondary schools in community service partnerships. From our early days of volunteering in the village of Gabane, we are currently engaging our students’ heads, hearts and hands in over 20 community projects.
Service is the one part of our afternoon programme that is absolutely required at every level, every week, for every student. There are no exceptions.
Service gives our students the opportunity to leave MaP’s campus to:
- Teach Mathematics, English reading and Computers to children attending the Tshwaragano, Galaletsang, Gasiko, Gabane, Mogoditsane and Naledi schools.
- Care for children at Cheshire Homes, Childline, Camphill, I Am Special School, SOS Children’s Village and the Princess Marina Hospital children’s ward.
- Feed destitute families at Tlalemo and Old Naledi. We deliver and serve food — and wash up afterwards! — often raising funds to buy the necessary provisions.
For other students, Service means staying on campus to:
- Tutor/Mentor students from nearby government schools
- Help peers with their studies in Maths, French, Accounts and Computers
- Assist teachers and technicians in the science labs and the library.
- Plan orientation activities to make new students feel welcome.
- Recycle waste or join the “Green Team”.
- Lead & Launch school-wide initiatives through the Student Advisory Council.
- Take Photographs for our Yearbook.
- Write articles or take photos for newsletters.
The non-competitive Physical programme includes aerobics, yoga, squash, golf and dance of all kinds including Hip Hop, Korean Pop, Ball Room and Bollywood (Indian). The list of activities grows and changes as student interests dictate.
All this is in addition to our highly competitive teams in athletics, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rugby, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Our Enrichment activities include our internationally-acclaimed marimba band, an a cappella singing group, Setswana choir, wildlife club, debating club, chess, Verbal Emancipation (poetry), Teen Investor club, bridge club, clay club, film club, individual tuition in various musical instruments, decoupage, sewing, cookery and conversational Chinese. We even have a card game club called “Magic: The Gathering”.
A comprehensive list of Service activities can be downloaded here. A comprehensive list of Enrichment activities can be downloaded here. The latest information about MaP’s Bundles of Brightness SPE activity can be found here.
There is something for everyone in our SPE Programme. We welcome new ideas and involvement from all quarters, including parents and the wider community.