TIRED but happy, our primary school pupils are all back from their camps.
The grade one to six pupils enjoyed their time at Twinstreams in Mtunzini.
Group dynamics (with intriguing names like “spider”, “log”, “pyramid” and “commando bridge”), forest interpretation and water studies were just some of the educational activities.
They hoped to see the rare palm nut vulture during a visit to the Raphia monument, undertaken to see and learn more about the palm with the largest leaf in the world, but sadly they did not spot one. However, a visit to the Umlalazi Nature Reserve to do some canoeing and learn about mangroves and the mangrove crabs came with a “free mud spa”, as they made their way through the swamps.
It wasn’t all work, however, and there was time for play on the beach, climbing the dunes and some fun survival challenges — and even a movie evening. We thank Twinstreams and all our teachers who went along to provide this opportunity for our pupils.
As our grade 12 pupils come to the end of their trial examinations, our high school Sport Olympiad team is looking forward to the trip to Namibia where they will participate in the Sport Olympiade of the German Schools in Southern Africa — a biennial event with schools from South Africa, Namibia, and Ghana represented in athletics, swimming, soccer, handball, volleyball and basketball tournaments during the week-long competition.
Providing the opportunity to meet pupils from other schools and cultures, and interacting with them socially and on the sports field, is one of the key reasons the Sport Olympiade was introduced.
This has proved an invaluable educational experience for our pupils over the past two decades.
While the team is away, and touring Namibia briefly on the way back, our high school pupils will participate in an educational alternative programme before the October holiday and the 26th HMB Golf Day, being hosted on September 21 and September 22 at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate.