The Maru-a-Pula Service, Physical, and Enrichment (SPE) Department is a versatile department that oversees and organizes students’ afterschool activities. It forms an umbrella under which all community service projects, sports, clubs, and associations meet. Students can choose among 75 service activities, 76 physical activities, and 76 enrichment activities. The department runs activities based on student interest and provides students with the necessary resources to engage in their interests. Compared to other schools, MaP mainly emphasizes community service – the focus of its mission is that students give back to their community and has a sense of community in themselves.
“SPE”: MaP’s Co-Curricular Activities
Maru-a-Pula’s afternoon programme is, quite simply, different. We call it ‘SPE’: made up of Service, Physical and Enrichment activities.
For us, afternoon activities are ‘co-curricular,’ not ‘extra-curricular’. That’s because lessons learned outside the classroom are important – often more important than those learned inside.
For MaP students, ‘Service’ is a hands-on experience of helping people. For over 44 years, MaP has been a world-leader in community service partnerships. From the early days of volunteering in the village of Gabane, we are now making a difference 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. No exceptions!
MaP Service often means piling into a combi and travelling up the road to:
- Feed elderly and destitute families, or children who would otherwise miss out on a lunchtime meal. We deliver and serve food – and wash up afterwards! – often raising funds to buy the necessary provisions
- Teach Mathematics, English or Moral Education to children in schools
- Visit sick or disabled children to play with them and brighten their day
For other students, MaP Service means staying on campus to:
- Help peers with their studies or by counselling them
- Assist teachers and technicians in academic departments or in the library
- Plan activities to make new students feel welcome
- Recycle waste or join the “Green Team”
- Lead & Launch school-wide initiatives through the Student Advisory Council
- Write articles or take photos for our newsletters and Yearbook
The Physical programme includes aerobics, badminton, karate, yoga, squash, table tennis, tag rugby and dance whether it be contemporary, Latin American or traditional African. The list of activities grows and changes as student interests dictate.
All this is in addition to our champion basketball and rugby teams along with robust training and teams in swimming, cricket, football, athletics, netball, and tennis.
Our Enrichment activities include our internationally-acclaimed marimba band, a debating club, chess, economics club, bridge, clay club, individual tuition in various musical instruments, cookery and conversational Chinese. We have several different computer-based activities – programming, website authoring – even an eBusiness club. Many students pursue their passion for music, dance and drama by organising and rehearsing for the annual Setswana Week extravaganza.
A comprehensive list of Enrichment activities can be downloaded 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.