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South Africa 2020

South Africa expedition 2020

In June 2020 a group of 20 Year 10, 11 and 13 students will travel to the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa to participate in an 11-day expedition.

The students will participate in a wide variety of activities including a 3-day trek into the Drakensberg mountains where they will sleep in caves, mountain bike along trails and canoe down one of the major river systems. They will spend a day working with young children at a local school, experience first-hand conservation work at a Game Reserve as well as learning to track animals during the night.

The students are currently participating in a range of ‘practice’ activities to help build a range of skills and ensure everyone works as a team. They are also raising money to help fund the expedition through activities such as a sponsored walks, a music concert, bag packing at a local supermarket and helping to organise a Charity Ball later in the year.

In the long term we are aiming to establish links with South Africa and be able to offer this and similar experiences to future groups of students. In 2021 the plans include spending time in Cape Town, travelling the garden route up the east coast of South Africa, a boat trip to see Great White sharks and Penguin colonies as well as visiting a game reserve to see the big five (lion, elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard).

This page will be updated regularly with letters and information about the trip. Please speak to Mr Hinshaw if you have any questions.  

Updates

  • Following on from the Parent Meetings on 15 July, please could students bring in their current passport for copying before Thursday. Anyone who requires a passport will need to obtain one over the summer break as the passport details are required when confirming flight details.
  • Flights will be purchased on the 20 August when they are released. Parents will be informed of the flight details and prices shortly afterwards.
  • We are looking to book a 3 day camp towards the end of October – probably in the Lake District.  Watch this space for more information.
  • The link for the basic Zulu language is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BskGhvTxC5Y
  • On 14 September students will be undertaking a 13 mile Sponsored Walk from Kielder Castle to Tower Knowe Visitor Centre via the north shore path. The letter, consent form and itinerary are available below. Sponsor Forms will be distributed to students on Wednesday 17 July.
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