After tough building battles which saw 29 teams going head-to-head, the winners of the first-ever Curro Cup Minecraft tournament have been announced. The U12 category was won by the Curro Wolves from Curro Durbanville, while the Village Raiders from Curro Krugersdorp managed to outbuild all the competition in the U14 category. The two teams walk away with Curro Cup Minecraft floating trophies as well as pins for their school blazers.
Although Curro is no stranger to esports, this was the first Minecraft tournament that formed part of the independent school group’s national Curro Cup event. This inter-school sports event sees thousands of learners from Curro schools across the country compete in 12 different sporting codes. This includes rugby, rugby sevens, soccer, netball, hockey, tennis, athletics, swimming, golf, mountain biking, and chess. Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19 many of these disciplines have been affected but thanks to Minecraft’s increased popularity across various Curro schools during the pandemic, it was decided to include this video game in the Curro Cup going forward.
Competing to building the best 3D world
The Curro Cup Minecraft tournament took place over three days and saw 290 learners competing. Pool games were held on the 13th of July, with the quarterfinals and semi-finals on 14 July. The Tournament concluded with the finals on Thursday, 15 July 2021.
The objective of each Minecraft game is simple - two teams compete against each other to construct the best themed 3D world in a limited amount of time using Minecraft: Education Edition.
A panel of five judges scored the final according to a rubric, with teams being awarded points for the likeness of their build, added aesthetics and environment, industrious teamwork, and the manipulation of the 3D world.
According to Bertus Liebenberg, an educator at Curro Aurora and one of the driving forces in Curro’s esports efforts, the quality of the learners’ 3D worlds has improved dramatically. I believe the feedback they received from teachers during the Curro Minecraft league matches contributed greatly to this growth,” Liebenberg notes.
Curro growing esports
Curro is the first academic institution worldwide to officially use Minecraft: Education Edition as an esports arena. The group piloted the project for Microsoft, the owner of Minecraft, to great acclaim. More recently, Curro learners won their first international tournament when they took part in the Minecraft Esports International Battle, where a combined Curro team competed against the Fresno Unified School District from California, USA.
Going forward, Curro is planning to expand its Esports offerings, and are piloting tournaments for two popular video games - Dota 2 and CS:GO. “We are extremely excited to incorporate even more new esports categories, but we have to do so in a sustainable manner. It is for this reason why there is a five-year plan in place to take Curro Esports to an unrivalled level,” Liebenberg concludes.
Online tournament a game-changer for Minecraft enthusiasts
Curro Sport, in collaboration with Curro Technology, will be hosting the first ever Curro Cup Minecraft tournament from 13 to 15 July. Due to COVID-19, this tournament will be hosted online via Microsoft Teams, and is organised by Bertus Liebenberg from Curro Aurora and Magdeleen de Kock from Curro Krugersdorp. The semi-finals and finals will be livestreamed (see links below), so you will have the unique opportunity of watching and supporting participating teams.
In a first for the Curro community, fourteen under-12 and fifteen under-14 teams, representing their respective Curro schools, will battle it out under the leadership of their team managers for the coveted national titles – to be crowned the Under-12 and Under-14 Minecraft Champion School. Curro Cup Minecraft floating trophies will be awarded to the respective schools and the top three teams in each age group will be rewarded with gold, silver and bronze pins.
For programme details, participating schools, build themes and more, click here.
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Curro Durbanville, a school managed by JSE-listed independent education provider Curro Holdings, is proud to announce that construction of its new contemporary high school campus is moving along swiftly. The new campus, set to open in January 2022, will showcase the very latest in educational space design and has been crafted using a learner-centric approach.
To introduce the school community to the new campus, Dirk van Zyl, Curro Durbanville’s Executive Head, recently hosted a site tour of the campus for the school’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC was delighted to see the developments and experience the ways in which the new campus challenges the conventional arrangement of space within a school. The school’s distinctive spatial design provides flexibility and hybrid use, essential for a school that needs to adapt to future needs.
For example, an art classroom opens into an atrium that can be turned into a gallery or exhibition area, which also shares space with a cafeteria. The cafeteria’s practical and workable kitchen will be used by the hospitality learners, who will be taught in the consumer studies classroom (which also links to the cafeteria).
Some of the campus’s other state-of-the-art facilities include a 300-seater dedicated auditorium, two dance studios and four music rooms to facilitate the performing arts.
Sports facilities will include a 400m dedicated athletics field, six hard tennis courts, four netball courts, an AstroTurf hockey field, a cricket oval with nets and a rugby field.
The new campus is situated in Groot Phesantekraal, about 5km from the current campus, and will have the capacity to accommodate 1 000 learners in Phase 1, and 1 250 in total, when the project is complete.
For more information about the developments at Curro Durbanville, contact the School Marketer, Tanya Loynes on tel: 072 344 2314.
Curro Academy The Blyde, situated in The Blyde Lifestyle Estate in Pretoria East, has recently moved to a brand new building. The school, managed by the JSE-listed independent school operator Curro Holdings, opened its doors in January 2020 to provide high-quality early childhood development education for children from the age of 3 years to Grade 3, with higher grades phasing in annually.
Since its inception, the school temporarily operated from the Curro Castle The Blyde nursery school building while the primary school building was being constructed. “Our school was bursting at its seams and our learners and staff are so excited about our brand new building,” says Dr Hennie Rheeders, Executive Head at Curro Academy The Blyde.
The school is also set to extend its offering into a full primary school from January 2022. “There is a great need for intermediate phase education in our community and we are looking forward to welcoming our new learners in our fully-fledged primary school that will accommodate learners up to Grade 7,” concludes Dr Rheeders.
Activities including soccer, netball, athletics, hockey, tennis, cross country running, and cricket will be offered to the school’s intermediate phase learners. Other exciting extramural activities will include SoccerStarz, music, swimming, and cycling as well as cultural activities such as choir and Eisteddfod.
For more information about the developments at Curro Academy The Blyde, contact the School Marketer, Sibusiso Ndlovu, on tel: 060 770 9000.