With more than 35 clubs and other extracurricular activities to choose from, Green Hills Academy students know that school isn’t just about what happens in the classroom.
Our Green Hills Academy Nursery, Primary, Middle and High School teachers and Principals oversee a wide range of after-school extracurricular activities ( ECAs) for students 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 students to take part in. And all of these ECAs give our students the opportunity to learn new skills, follow special interests, and meet students from other grades. They also give our students, 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.
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. Students 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 students 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.
Our High School students enjoy a host of possibilities to connect with like-minded peers in our student clubs and organizations. For those high school students 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 students 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 students 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 students to learn that the activities are another opportunity to “let their lives speak.”
A Message from High School Students
All Green Hills Academy students and staff members, together, form a tight knit community, with individuals advising and helping one another. It’s not a rare sight to find students conversing with teachers, 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 students 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 students 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 students to deal with the daily stress of school assignments. The school band performs annually across Rwanda allowing students to nurture their performance skills. Model United Nations and debate allows students 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 students, Jesse and Raissa