Green Hills Academy

Learners Life

Extracurricular Activities

With more than 35 clubs and other extracurricular activities to choose from, Green Hills Academy learners know that school isn’t just about what happens in the classroom.

With more than 35 clubs and other extracurricular activities to choose from, Green Hills Academy learners know that school isn’t just about what happens in the classroom.

Our Green Hills Academy Nursery, Primary, Middle and High School educators and Principals oversee a wide range of after-school extracurricular activities ( ECAs) for learners in pre-K – Grade 12. Some activities, such as our High School Model UN Program, demand a substantial commitment of time. Others are much less-labor intensive, and are extremely fun and exhilarating activities for our learners to take part in. And all of these  ECAs give our learners the opportunity to learn new skills, follow special interests, and meet learners from other grades. They also give our learners, faculty members and educators from the Kigali community, who come in to offer several of these activities, the chance to collaborate on a unique basis that enriches our community in myriad ways.

Creative Offers

In Nursery School, we offer such creative and exciting  ECAs as Kinyarwanda Traditional Music and Dance, Story-Telling and Bookmaking, Swimming, Hip-Hop, Expressive Arts, Ballet and Judo. Learners in our Primary School can enjoy, and choose from, such incredible offerings as African Dance, Arts and Crafts, Football, Gymnastics, Hip-Hop Dance, Traditional Dance and Drumming, Kinyarwada for Beginners, Percussion Music, Reading, School Choir, Swimming, and Tae Kwon Do.

Our Middle School learners can experience a wide variety of stimulating after-school activities, as well: Traditional Dance, Swimming, Spanish for Beginners, Cooking, Chess, Social Mixed Football, Girls or Boys Football, Athletics, Tai Chi, Art, Drama, French Drama, Basketball, Chess, Social Media, Debate.

Learners Clubs

Our High School learners enjoy a host of possibilities to connect with like-minded peers in our learner clubs and organizations. For those high school learners who enjoy ‘intellectual exercise’, they may join Model UN, the Chess Club, the Book Club, the Science Club, Beginning Band, Debate, Interact, Drama, Yearbook or Cooking. And those High School learners who enjoy physical exercise may take part in Badminton, Modern Dance, Aerobics, Table Tennis, Football, Traditional Dance, Karate, Volleyball or Swimming.

We encourage all of our GHA learners to participate in one or more of these extracurricular activities, something that demonstrates just how much our school believes in self-reliance, knowledge of oneself and a capacity for leadership. These  ECAs also allow our learners to learn that the activities are another opportunity to “let their lives speak.”

A Message from High School Learners

All Green Hills Academy learners and staff members, together, form a tight knit community, with individuals advising and helping one another. It’s not a rare sight to find learners conversing with educators, and other school staff during break or lunch. It is also vibrant, with a variety of personalities and nationalities represented, and a number of activities to choose from.

Has your opinion ever been challenged? Welcome to the Theory of Knowledge class, which is part of the International Baccalaureate programme. With a wide variety of individuals and opinions, one must adapt and be open- minded to the new opinions. Your views and beliefs are constantly attacked, which teaches you to defend them and become reflective of your own and other’s opinions. Through various courses learners are able to use their learning to solve real life experiences, preparing them to steadily integrate into the community once they graduate.

The Green Hills Academy meals are generally large and satisfying. The welcoming kitchen staff offers a vegetarian option, therefore all learners are catered for. We have break and lunch, daily, except for Wednesday and Friday, where lessons go up to half day. Break consists of cookies, cake or mandazi, an African delicacy, with a cup of tea and juice. While lunch offers diverse platters including spaghetti bolognaise, accompanied by legumes and fruits.

Extracurricular activities include sports, cooking, music, Model United Nations and debate. Sports not only enhance competition and teamwork, it also aids learners to deal with the daily stress of school assignments. The school band performs annually across Rwanda allowing learners to nurture their performance skills. Model United Nations and debate allows learners to intelligently and eloquently, argue and defend their perspectives. The two extracurricular activities produce international-minded individuals ready to discuss global issues.

Written by two Grade 12 learners, Jesse and Raissa