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2017-03-15 06:04
Wembley College Form 5 pupils on excursion to the TUVA Drakensberg pump storage scheme.

Wembley College Form 5 pupils on excursion to the TUVA Drakensberg pump storage scheme.

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ON March 1, the Form 5 class embarked on a journey to the Drakensberg mountains, more specifically, the Drakensberg pump storage scheme. With our lunch boxes filled and hearts eager, the journey began.

As we passed the gigantic mountains, the realisation that we were nothing more than specks on this planet began to dawn on us.

The bright flowers and lush green grasses struck a chord in our hearts, reminding us of the pure and natural beauty that lies in South Africa.

After what should have been a long journey (it was made short by laughs and great conversations) we had reached the Drakensberg pump storage scheme.

We entered a rather large room and were greeted by a man named Bheki, who would be showing us around for the day.

He intrigued us with facts both about Eskom and the scheme we were visiting. The scheme consists of two dams, one at the top of the mountain and the other almost 500 metres below it.

Water from the top dam flows down to the bottom reaching immense speed and pressure allowing for turbines to be spun, these turbines cause a shaft to rotate which then triggers a generator. This process allows electricity to be transferred to the national grid, which then allows power to be distributed around the country in just 2,5 minutes.

Thereafter we stopped at The Waffle Hut for some sensational food and more laughs. The journey home was relaxing while our minds still processed the phenomenal structure created by people with a vision — people who believed that nothing is impossible and who went on to create something extraordinary.

• The Grade RRR to Grade 3 pupils enjoyed an informative puppet show called “My Body”.

We learnt more about our flexible body, our organs, our senses and the brain. We were also reminded not to keep bad secrets (if somebody touches our body in a way that makes us uncomfortable), to be careful about what we say and to have love in our hearts.

• Congratulations to Calista Muna on being selected for the KZN U15A tennis team. This is an exceptional achievement as she was ranked number four in the A team and there are three teams that were selected.

We wish her all the best as the U19A, U19B and U15A, U15B teams will compete from March 30 to April 4 in Pretoria at the TSA inter-provincial tournament.

• Wembley College also thanks TWK for their generous sponsorship of an electronic notice board. This will greatly assist us in communicating weekly information to our parents and visitors to the school.

We thank them for their support towards Wembley College.

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