WALKING shoes - check. Hat and sun-screen - check. Congratulations go to those who participated in the weekend’s family fun day hosted by the Hermannsburg sports department. The five-kilometre walk turned into a 10km walk for many, as they enjoyed the fresh air and forest walk. Thank you to all who prepared the tasty fare and organised the day.The German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is held annually on October 3, to mark the anniversary of the German nation’s unification - the day that the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany in 1990. Hermannsburg’s German department planned for weeks before to make the day as special as possible, although we teach our subjects in English to prepare our pupils for the IEB NSC, we celebrated our school’s heritage with fun activities. A German “poster rally’ had started weeks before, in which everyone could take part with wonderful prizes were up for grabs. With everything prepared on the day, everyone from Kindergarten to Grade 12 met at the high school quadrangle court yard - delicious German cakes, Bretzel and Käsegriller were on sale, and once everyone had a full stomach, the cultural programme began. The Grade R’s danced to a German song before the primary school sang Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck saß, the Grade 8s recited a German poem, the Grade 9s delivered the poem, “How the Lemons Turned Sour” by Heinz Erhard, in German, and the Grade 5s recited the German spring poem April, April, der weiß nicht was er will. The main event was Das großeDeutschlandrennen (The big German Race), where all our pupils, from Grade 1 to Grade 12, were split into 20 mixed groups and had to visit 12 different stations situated around the campus. At each station, they had to work together as a group to complete an activity before moving to the next station. The members of the first group, “Opel” received German chocolates for winning the race, and then the winners of the poster rally were announced: Grade 1 - Jona Risch and Keryn du Preez, Grade 2 - Chloé-Rose Pope, Grade 3 - Andiswa Gabelo, Grade 4 - Shaakira Ebrahim, Grades 5-7 - Mischa Chetty (first), Jessica Vroegop (second), Brielle Swanlow (third), Carolina Hoffmann (fourth). In the High School the winners were: Amy Whittle (first), Sonja de Wet (second), and Philip Lütge (third).As our Grade 12s complete their last week of formal school, we look forward to their awards ceremony on Friday, and their matric dance on Saturday. We wish them all the best for their upcoming examinations - sound memory, flawless recall, and clear minds and cool heads.