THERE was great excitement as the eagerly anticipated arrival of our German guests became a reality. The group from HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium arrived on Saturday and were welcomed in our warm Hermannsburg style. The group will participate in a number of activities over the next three weeks, and will spend time with the families of our pupils, they will also get to know South Africa beyond the usual tourist tours. Lifelong friendships have sprung up from this exchange programme, which can even give rise to marriages (albeit some years later). Eager to start experiencing our country, the group joined our pupils on a trip to Weenen Nature Reserve on Sunday - a fitting introduction to our open spaces and wildlife. We are very grateful to the German parents of the 2017 group, who raised funds in Germany for this year’s exchange, and presented the school with a cheque on Monday morning. We look forward to another successful, educational experience for our young people. In May, our pupils will travel to Germany, spending four weeks with the German host families.On Thursday afternoon, the visiting cricket team from Christchurch in Johannesburg arrived in Hermannsburg. Sadly, the weather prevented them from playing cricket against Hermannsburg and Domino Servite, but they were able to fit in some friendly soccer matches before the Sports Clinic on Saturday afternoon with SA cricketer Alviro Petersen and SA basketball player Reece Prinsloo, who imparted useful advice to our young sportsmen and sportswomen. Thank you to all who participated.