What makes people smart, curious, alert, observant, competent, confident, resourceful, persistent
– in the broadest and best sense, intelligent – is not having access to more and more learning places, resources and
specialists, but being able in their lives to do a wide variety of interesting things that matter,
things that challenge their ingenuity, skill and judgement,
and that make an obvious difference in their lives and the lives of people around them.
– John Holt
The variety of after-school team sports offered by Michael Mount and affiliated clubs provide a healthy balance
between academic and physical activity. In the spirit of inclusion that is so typical of a Waldorf education, all sports
are open to any age-appropriate student who commits to coming to practice and playing. Read about the Waldorf
approach to sports here … or click on the photo of the sport that interests you to see more photos in our Gallery.
Novice ball skills for classes 1, 2
and 3. Full basketball training for
boys and girls from class 4.
Juniors play in mixed teams.
Senior girls’ and boys’ teams
participate in school leagues as
well as nationally. Our players have
represented SA at international
A year round sport offered to all
ages. Training takes place at the
school on the climbing wall. Offsite
excursions to other climbing
facilities are organised on a regular
A summer sport offered in terms 1
and 4 of the school year. Michael
Mount fields teams of u10, u11,
u13 and participates in interschool
leagues. Mini cricket open
to budding cricketers in classes 1,
2 and 3
All-sports fitness training is offered
all year round for classes 8 to 12.
Football / Soccer
Pre-season football training
is offered in term 1. Training
continues through terms 2 and 3
during match season. All players
are required to be registered with
the Michael Mount Football Club.
Open to students from class 3
Michael Mount riders participate
in the annual SANESA inter-school
Offered to girls from class 1 to
12. Teams play in action netball
matches as well as “friendlies” in
the out-of-season months. Netball
training continues throughout the
A summer sport open to classes
1 to 7.
A year round sport offered to all
ages. Teams participate in school
league matches in the summer
Extramural cultural activities
These activities vary from year to year, in accordance with student demand and instructor availability.
Michael Mount will consider making facilities and space available, should parents motivate for a Waldorf-approved
activity – provided there is sufficient student interest and a suitably qualified instructor is available.
The following activities are or have been offered at Michael Mount:
Click on the photo of the activity that interests you to see more photos in our Gallery.
For children from class 4 upwards.
A wide variety of artistic mediums
Open to all ages all year round.
Junior and senior choirs meet
weekly to practise. The choirs
sometimes perform at festivals
and events held at the school.
They also take part in eisteddfods.
Open to children in classes 1 to
4. Children learn to craft with
different materials to produce
useful and artistic items.
Open to children in classes 2 to 6.
This is a weekly activity culminating
in end-of-year performances to
Drumming, guitar &
Drummers meet before school.
Marimba players meet after
school. Guitar and other nonclassical
instruments are taught as
per instructor availability.
Open to students with Grade
4+ (music). Students with
Grade 6 may also audition
with the Johannesburg Youth
Orchestra and Grade 4/5 for
the Intermediate String or
Intermediate Wind ensembles run
by the Company.
Music tuition –classical
Private instructors teach piano,
violin, flute and other instruments.
They come to the school. Students
often progress to participation in
the school’s orchestra.
Open to children from classes 6
and 7. Readers participate in the
Battle of the Books – an annual
literary competition organised by
the Gauteng municipal libraries.
Winter Craft School
An annual event offered by Craft
School SA during the winter
holidays at Michael Mount. Open
to adults and children aged 9+.
Crafts offered differ annually
and could include blacksmithing,
textile design, block printing, stone
sculpting, welding and more.
Aftercare & transport
Aftercare coordinates with extramural programmes so that children are seamlessly taken care of
until you are able to pick them up or they are taken home by a transport service.
Children from 2 to 5 years are accommodated in the Early Childcare Centre, 12.00 – 4.30 pm.
Older children up to age 10 are accommodated in the Aftercare Centre from end of school to 5.30 pm.
Aftercare options include full day, half day, casual full day, and casual half day rates. Fees include meals.
Holiday care is offered for the full duration of the school holidays at the end of terms 1, 2 and 3.
During these holidays, holiday care is available Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm (4.30 pm for 2 to 4 year olds). Aftercare is closed for THREE WEEKS during December / January.
Various shuttle companies serve the Michael Mount school community. Arrangements are between parents and service providers.