Grahamstown and its environs, and indeed the Eastern Cape, offer an enriching context for our academic programme. We are always mindful of our social responsibility and the need to inculcate an awareness of the role our pupils can play in caring for their environment.
Outdoor Education, Tours and Excursions enjoyed by our pupils include the following :
- An overnight outing at Assegaai Trails, living as 1820 Settlers.
- A day on the farm of Malcolm and Geraldine Arnold, learning about the planting and growing of pineapples.
- A visit to the citrus farm ‘Mosslands’.
- Attending a Nguni cattle auction where Mr Paul Hobson explains the history of the Nguni cattle.
- A lesson on Space from Mrs Marijke Cosser at the Albany Museum, followed by further research on the topic.
- The annual Boknes camp with a visit to Nongqawuse’s grave, and the shipwreck at Cannon Rocks.
- A visit to Kariega Game Park with informative game drives, and a ‘termite tasting’ experience.
- A visit to the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve - the objective of this outing is to encourage positive attitudes towards the conservation and wise management of our natural heritage.
- A trip to Cradock to visit Schreiner House with Prof Paul Walters from Rhodes University, and Jeremy Fogg and Basil Mills from the National English Literary Museum.
- A trip to Buffelshoek to ascend Buffelskop in order to view the Schreiner sarcophagus. A trip to the Cradock Mountain Zebra Park to view game and learn about Karoo ecology.
- A visit to Hobbiton-on-Hogsback for team-building exercises and obstacle courses where the pupils learn the importance of trust and sacrifice, a forest study, and walks to the Madonna and Child Waterfall, the Tokoloshe Cave and the Big Tree. From a literary perspective, we focus on Tolkien and his connection with the area.
- A Leadership Development Camp at Assegaai Trails, focusing on the development of group dynamics and team work.
- A Viking camp where pupils spend three days experiencing what it was like being a true Viking. Dressing up as Vikings, they learn about the way of life of the Vikings in the early 800’s, under the supervision of Basil Mills and NELM. They experience the Viking customs and beliefs, myths and legends, the battles on the plains of Europe, learn how to throw the battle axe, use a bow and arrow, test their skills at Viking art work and participate in many team building tasks.
Our annual sports tour to the South Western Districts gives our hockey, rugby and netball teams the opportunity to play matches against schools in George and Oudtshoorn, as well as visit local attractions such as the Tsitsikamma Tree Canopy Trail, Monkeyland, the Santos Express in Mossel Bay, the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Cango Wildlife Ranch near Oudtshoorn.