Students can freely choose to participate in a number of activities.
Brookside Hall offers university students also a chance to grow in the spiritual dimension.
All spiritual activities are entrusted to Opus Dei (www.opusdei.org.za), a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. All students are welcome to participate in these activities, whatever their creed, but are also totally free not to. Brookside Hall has a chaplain, Fr. Manuel Graça.
The spiritual activities that can be found at Brookside Hall include:
- Mass: it is celebrated every day, for those who wish to attend;
- Meditation: every Friday afternoon, the chaplain holds a 30-minute reflection on a topic;
- Doctrinal Course: in this course, students can deepen their knowledge of the Faith;
- Recollections and Retreats: students can participate in monthly and yearly short periods of time during which they can devote more time to prayer and reflection;
- Spiritual Guidance: the chaplain is always available to meet with students for spiritual counselling;
- Visits to the needy, such as the poor, the elderly and the sick.
Human Virtues Talks
Every week, students can attend human virtues talks aimed at building their character and at enabling them to make it through life more successfully by fostering the development of their virtues.
The main focus of these motivational talks is the human person and, more specifically, human character and virtues.
At Brookside Hall we encourage students to dedicate their time and energy to those in need and to positively contribute to the community. This helps them to appreciate more the value of their own life and talents and those of others.
With such purpose in mind, students can participate in the volunteer work that Brookside Hall organises.
To date, students have been offered the following opportunities:
- Giving human virtues talks to boys aged 10–14 after soccer training;
- Helping street children – hosted by a shelter in Mamelodi – with homework;
- Visiting pathological children in the neurological paediatric ward of Steve Biko Hospital, Pretoria;
- Visiting homeless people to bring them some clothes and spend some time with them.
Sports and recreational activities are also an integral part of what students can find at Brookside Hall. We believe in an equilibrated life style, so we also value the time that students devote to sports, rest and social life.
Soccer is played every Friday afternoon, either on our soccer pitch or on a full-field pitch. Usually during weekends basketball is also played. Often we also get together for other recreational activities, such as hiking, having a braai or watching a movie.