History of K-day - St Andrew's College

History of K-day

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History of K-day

We are currently gearing up for our annual derby between St Andrew’s College, The Diocesan School for Girls, St Andrew’s Preparatory School and Kingswood College next week from 10-13 June 2015. This week of sport culminating in the 1st XV Rugby game is known as K-Day. This year St Andrew’s College, the DSG and St Andrew’s Preparatory School host the fixtures.

It is considered to be one of our country’s best known school derby days and the traditional rivalry between the schools dates back to 1898 when the first clash took place on the rugby field.

The schools and town become a hive of activity, abuzz with anticipation as so many people descend on Grahamstown for the eagerly contested sports fixtures. It is a time where parents, old boys and girls alike can come together and renew friendships on and off the sports fields.
Although the fixtures lead up to the clash between the two 1st XV teams, the day is about so much more than just rugby. It starts on the Wednesday before the Saturday with hockey, netball and junior school fixtures.

K-Day consists of:
– up to 80 matches across four days
– more than 1000 school pupils ranging in age from 8 – 19
– hundreds of visiting parents and alumni of the schools (many of whom return for reunions during the K-Day weekend)
– Old DSG, Old Andrean and Old Kingswoodian sports fixtures
– Lots of sportsmanship and friendship.

There are a number of K-Day traditions that our schools treasure, the quaintest of which is when pupils challenge each other across the sleepy hollow of Grahamstown with their war cries on the Friday evening. The atmosphere is palpable and the energy given by the respective schools is tangible.
At a time when school sport has become ultra-competitive and players are sometimes driven to extreme measures to enhance their performance, one can only hope that this long-standing annual derby day between fellow schools in the same town will retain all the camaraderie, atmosphere and genuine fun that were intended when it started back in 1898!