Window on Wembley

2016-04-27 06:00

BABANONGO Adventure Camp has opened up a sister adventure camp at Wagendrift Dam and we were the third school to make use of this new facility.

This is the first time that the Form 1s have also had the opportunity to spend two nights away on their annual camp as the hockey tour is now taking place during the holidays.

It was a real echo camp as all activities were outdoors - building rafts out of natural materials, night walk where we were informed about our galaxy, obstacle course, finding a list of items in nature and Survivor-style challenges. We were fetched and brought back to the buses by motor boats, which was quite a unique way of starting and ending off our camp.

It was a wonderfully crisp and clear Wednesday morning as the Grade 5 class departed for their camp at Umgeni Nature Valley Reserve. Upon arrival we were greeted by the camp facilitators and guides for the two -night stay.
The focus of the majority of the activities was team work and environmental conservation and I believe pupils learnt a lot about how they impact the environment in a variety of ways.

The second day of the camp was spent building ponds and rafts, being blindfolded and led into the reserve to create interesting nature poetry and driving and hiking to our next camp site, which was situated deep in the reserve at the bottom of a valley. Here pupils got to experience life without electricity and comfy mattresses.

Congratulations to the following swimmers for achieving Level 1 times at the Midlands trials earlier this year:

Milla Herbst: 50m freestyle (12th), 100m freestyle (11th), Louné Lötter: 50m bgreast stroke, 100m breast stroke (6th), Luke Porée: 50m freestyle (2nd) and Tayla Porée achieved a Level 2 time in 50m freestyle and was placed 3rd.

Luke and Tayla Porée have been selected for the Midlands swimming team and will be participating in the KZN swimming trials on 7 May at the Kings Park pool in Durban.

Well done to the following pupils for making the U12 and U13 Umzinyathi hockey team. They will represent Umzinyathi at the inter-district tournament on 14 and 15 May.

U12 girls: Kayla Mcabe and Emma Martens;U13 Girls: Mayenzi Maphanga, Kristen Steyn, Leah Tedder, Sarah Barber, Amoré van Rooyen, Keren Chiazzari and Bridget Dede.

U12 boys: Tim Gorzellok.

U13 boys: Nkosi Dlamini, JJ Van Zuydam and Jack Yeadon.

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