A COUPLE of weeks ago, on a blistering hot day with gale-force winds, our nature club adventurers braved the dry conditions of the Weenen Nature Reserve. Despite the wind, two tents were finally put up, tied to the bus and the trailer just in case, building team spirit while getting the job done. Frik Lemmer, the ranger in charge, spoke to them about the history of the park and the diversity of the animals and grasslands in the area, nature conservation, not preservation, was stressed. During a number of drives through the park on both days, the group encountered many animals and birds, although the dry conditions are of huge concern to the park. Thank you to all who made the trip possible.It was certainly a different take on the tale of the three little pigs when our high school took to the stage for this year’s A Pig’s Tale, written, produced and choreographed by our director of music, Ms Chelsea Simmonds. A refreshing mix of dialogue and song, incorporating all the languages taught at Hermannsburg, enthralled the audience. We congratulate our pupils on fine performances and look forward to the next stage production.Thanks go to the many sponsors and golfers who supported our 25th HMB Golf Day at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate at the start of our school holiday. Our Grade 9s once again assisted the golfers, who enjoyed filling half-time snacks and a tasty German-style supper. Despite the cold, wet weather on the Saturday, there were full fields on both the Friday and the Saturday, and golfers were in good spirits throughout the main day. Congratulations to John Lloyd Rawstorne and Paul Howells, who won the floating trophy, followed by Skumbuzo Buthelezi and Sizwe Dlamini; Ronel Botha and Joanie Koller (longest drive on 1st, ladies) ended in third place in the 4BBBS competition. Other special prizes went to Justin de Haas (nearest pin 2/11), Steve Bosch (nearest pin 9/18), Zwandile Thusi (nearest pin for 2 on 8th), Marius Miller (nearest pin on 12th) and Hermannsburg’s David Cunningham (longest drive on 1st, men). Special thanks to Piet and Cathy Nel and their staff for once again hosting the golf day and preparing a challenging course.This week we look forward to the Grade 12 English speeches and our Germany Day celebrations - our Grade 11s having been away on their leadership camp for the first half of the week - as well as our family fun day on Saturday.