Hermannsburg Happenings

2016-04-20 06:00
The Primary School pupils at Fort Durnford at the start of the recent school camp.

The Primary School pupils at Fort Durnford at the start of the recent school camp.

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CAMP fires, exploring forts, spider stories, “speed boats”, scavenger hunts - these and many more excited tales were brought home by our tired but happy primary school pupils. At the start of this term, Grade 1 to Grade 6 pupils went to the Wagondrift Eco-camp, with the first highlight being a visit to Fort Durnford (Estcourt), built on a rise overlooking the old military post at the Bushman’s River drift in 1874 to protect the townspeople. The second was the boat ride across Wagondrift Dam (a first for many) to the eco-camp.

At the eco-camp pupils took part in a mini-raft challenge (testing strength, beauty and dam-worthiness), an eco-scavenger hunt looking for organisms - or evidence of their presence - in the veld (dung beetles, crabs, porcupine quills and bones) and classifying them, in a competitive six-point team challenge - teams built nests for their eggs and a flag pole that would stand and fly their flag high, arachnids were the focus of a hands-on study, the obstacle course which proved fun, physical, thought-provoking and challenging (and was the highlight of the camp because many of the teachers attempted some of the obstacles too) requiring team-work to motivate, encourage and help one another over, under and through many of the obstacles. Other items included a night walk looking for eyes reflecting from the bush, a camp concert where each tent group came up with their own choice of a performance having something of Wagondrift in their play, song or sketch, which was great fun with even the teachers doing a sketch (which was greatly enjoyed). A huge thank you to Andrew and his Wagondrift crew, who looked after the group so well - the pupils and teachers had a great time.

The Grade 1 to Grade 6 group returned to Hermannsburg on the same day as the Grade 7 pupils, who spent a week touring Mpumalanga and spots along the way. As well as visiting Sabie and surroundings, the Kruger Park, the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project, Graskop, Swadini, Tshukudu Lodge, Pilgrim’s Rest and the St Lucia estuary, they also participated in night and day game drives, boat trips on the Blyde Dam and the St Lucia estuary, helped dissect an impala and a trout and zip-lined over the Graskop Gorge, among many other exciting experiences. Thank you to Mrs Marx and to all the many people who hosted and guided the group.

At the Umzinyathi hockey trials, Zothani Dlamini and Imke Marx were selected for the U18 team, Angelika Meyer and Clara Kohrs (non-travelling reserve) for the U16 team, and Erin Whittle, Lila de Wet and Jemma Hayward for the U14 team. In other hockey news, the 1st team girls lost 4-1 to Wembley while the U16 girls drew all their matches 0-0 against Wartburg A, Wartburg B, Wembley and Domino Servite.
Playing against Carter at Hermannsburg, the U14 girls drew 0-0, the U16 girls lost 2-0 and the 1st team lost 4-0. The boys’ hockey match against Alex ended 0-11. On the rugby field, our Open team played St Nicholas (10-15) and Wartburg (0-52) while the Junior team played St Nicholas (29-0) and Wembley (33-7).

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