Window on Wembley

2016-09-28 06:00
Wembley Grade 4 pupils on a historical tour of Greytown.

Wembley Grade 4 pupils on a historical tour of Greytown.

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A TOUR with hidden secrets of the past was undertaken by the Grade 4 class and their tour guide Mrs Swart.
Our beautiful town has a rich history and a treasure trove of heritage gems. The first stop was Greytown High School were we found out about how, why and when Greytown was started, as well as the time line of education in Greytown.
We met Mr and Mrs Scholtz and Josh and Jandré handed their social science projects about Greytown High School to them to display in the school foyer. Then a trip down memory lane followed, taking us back to the first school built in 1850 called the Umvoti Scholastic Institute.

The next stop was the Lutheran Church where Mr Hiestermann educated us on the history of the tree bell and even played it for us. Down Pine Street we looked at the first commercial buildings and that lead us to the WW1 Memorial and Heritage Site.

From there we explored the town hall with its rich history, and the highlight was when we met our mayor, Councillor T.C. Ngubane. We were honoured to hand him some social science projects that he displayed in his office.

(Nick - Sir George Grey, Sibahle - Greytown, Yastil - Bhambatha, Triston - General Louis Botha and Tyler - Greytown).

We then went to the magistrates’ offices. The St James? Bookshop and the beautiful Anglican Church were our next two stops where Pastor Peter kindly enriched our knowledge of Greytown, the church and the Umvoti Mounted Rifles.

At our last two stops, the Voortrekker Eeufees Gedenksteen and the NG Kerk, we found out about the mystery of the missing bell. A great historical day was enjoyed by one and all.

The Form 4 pupils attended the Spirit of Adventure Camp from 16 to 18 September which took place at Shongweni Dam. Upon arrival, pupils were introduced to their facilitator and discussed their expectations of the camp.

The first activity involved kayaking around the dam towards a cliff, where everyone jumped off into the dam below. Following this pupils were split into teams and given maps which they had to use to navigate around the reserve, finding specific locations.

Following this the hungry pupils arrived at camp to cook their own food in the form of a chicken potjie. The next day pupils awoke to a rainy day and it was in this downpour that they undertook some extreme activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and conquering the obstacle course.

The evening was spent doing mini Olympics, thankfully out of the rain. The next and last morning pupils completed some challenging mind games, after which the facilitator opened a discussion. The reflective activity identified that leadership comes in four forms and different situations need different approaches. A team is not only about knowing each other’s strengths but also compensating for others?weaknesses.

Congratulations to Milla Herbst for the incredible achievement of winning a bronze medal at the World Life Saving Championships. On the fourth day of the competition she represented the women’s relay team which came third in the Ocean Women’s relay event. We are very proud of this young lifesaver, who has flown the Wembley flag at new heights.

Thank you to all the participants of the annual Go-Kart races during our Founders’ Day. Everyone made a huge effort to dress up. So as a thank you we would like to award the JPs a free civvies day on Friday, 7 October. The go-kart races were lightning fast. So the winning team in each grade has won a super prize - a free milkshake at Wimpy. We will be heading for our treat during school on Friday, 7 October. These “speedies” will be back before the school day is over, so that they can still be fetched from school.

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