EACH of Hermannsburg’s scholars has the potential to become a leader in whatever path they choose after school, and we aim to equip our pupils as best we can to face the challenges of taking the initiative, leading others, and heading up projects. The most important person to convince is oneself — and our Grade 11s challenged themselves and each other during their leadership camp at Spirit of Adventure, situated in the reserve around Shongweni Dam. Along with lectures on action-centred leadership, they put their leadership skills into action during the mind-games, abseiling, rock-climbing, and other challenges put to them by the course instructors. The sense of achievement they felt when they overcame the personal challenges presented by the activities at Spirit of Adventure will be taken forward, boosting their confidence and their belief in themselves — something that rarely happens inside a classroom.On Saturday, a group of early risers took part in the family fun walk/run at Hermannsburg. The five km and 10 km courses were along pleasant, easy-going routes and everyone enjoyed the morning sun and fresh air. Thank you to the organisers for an enjoyable morning. We look forward to our Grade 12 awards ceremony on Friday, followed by the matric dance on Saturday — our Grade 12s will be taking some study time before starting their final examinations with Advanced Programme English on Wednesday, October 17, when Hermannsburg will be hosting the Big Band from the Hebartsgymnasium in Germany for an afternoon concert that promises to reprise their stunning performance of 2016 — join us to hear them and the Hermannsburg choir in action.