Hermannsburg Happenings

2015-04-30 13:52
Mr Dietmar Moll hands over the cheque from Germany to our principal, Mr Martin Marx, on behalf of the BZN group.

Mr Dietmar Moll hands over the cheque from Germany to our principal, Mr Martin Marx, on behalf of the BZN group. Photos: supplied

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BON voyage. Auf wiedersehen. After a packed and fun-filled few weeks, our German exchange partners waved goodbye on Monday to return home. A tour of kwaSizabantu, the Kop, Albert Falls dam, a trip to Salt Rock beach, a Karkloof canopy tour, camping at Elandsheim and learning all about Zulu culture, visiting local Kindergartens, a trip to see the Magwaza potters, helping with outreach programmes and museum visits were just some of the many memories our German visitors will take home with them. Two of the biggest highlights, however, were attending a rugby match between the Sharks and Western Force and, of course, joining our high school on its bi-annual school camp - this year, at Darkest Africa, Weenen.

On their last day here, they handed over a €1 421 cheque to our school, which will go towards our GEP fundraising­, from money raised at the 10-year celebratory dinner last year, commemorating 10 years of the German Exchange Programme. A big thank you to the teachers who are the driving force behind this programme - Herr Dietmar Moll and Frau Jutta Scherer from the BZN in Reutlingen, as well as Mrs Olivier and Mrs Walton from our school

Once again Oom Piet Opperman welcomed us to his little piece of paradise in the heart of the Weenen valley - aptly named “Darkest Africa”. Our entire high school, staff and our GEP visitors left bright and early on Wednesday, sans any electronic equipment - there being little point as Darkest Africa has neither electricity or cellphone signal. Pupils were divided into groups of 12 and had to get back to basics while camping in tents, preparing food and learning to work together. Ornithology, butterflies, tree identification, bush first aid and a detailed history lesson of the Weenen area and the Qunu and Thembu tribes by guest speaker, Mrs Creina Alcock, were just some of the skills learnt by pupils, along with current affairs debates, treasure hunts, sports, hikes and quiet-time sessions on the mountain and, of course, a big favourite, swimming in the Bushman’s River. Our tired, but happy campers, returned safely on Sunday, having formed new friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you to the teachers who helped, and a special thank you to the Ortmann, Meyer and Köhne parents for assisting in driving the trucks with all the luggage down a rather precarious road.

Our Grade 7 pupils are still away on their Mpumalanga tour and our Grade 1 to Grade 6 pupils returned safely from their tour to White Mountain Lodge near the Drakensberg. A detailed report with photos will be included in next week’s issue

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