Grade 10 Greyton Excursion

Grade 10 Greyton Excursion

Grade 10 Greyton Excursion
 
The beginning of a three-week exam period is hardly a time associated with fun, exploration and relaxation. However, the Grade 10s were fortunate enough to spend the first four days of the official exam period (22-25 May) meandering about the foothills of the Overberg.
 
While the rest of the school began to knuckle down, the 10s left Westerford - two classes each day - for the quaint and picturesque town of Greyton. Arriving after a decidedly comfortable bus trip, bunches of anxious teenagers assembled on the steps of the Greyton Eco-Lodge for a brief orientation.
 
The programme commenced with a range of exhilarating team challenges, during which much laughter and bonding occurred. Shortly after, pupils headed to the village to learn more about the town’s history from its community members.
 
And then, of course, the much-anticipated hike was the main activity on the first full day. After a somewhat strenuous but manageable journey through an exquisite landscape, pupils returned to the Lodge and were treated to a warm, extremely welcome meal.
 
The evening’s events were more relaxed and included a crash-course in astronomy as well as some friendly competition, which took the form of a general knowledge quiz.
 
Day 2 consisted of a far more forgiving walk from Greyton to the minuscule valley of Genadendal. Once there, the groups learned about the significant role that the tiny settlement has played in South African history AND were even treated to an informative talk from the director of the Genadendal Museum.
 
From there, pupils filed on the bus for the return journey - arriving home with sore legs, broadened minds and, of course, plenty of aesthetically-pleasing photographs from social media!


Nadia Odendaal