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Learner Council Camp

The Learner Council of 2015-2016 departed to the High- Africa camp site, situated in Worcester, on Friday morning. Given the level of excitement and enthusiasm amongst the girls, the enjoyment and success of the camp was a given.  The journey to the camp took about an hour and many of us used the time to catch up on some sleep (we had been at school since 6am prepping for the LC breakfast for the outgoing matric LC) or to play games.

With introductions done and a quick insight into basic camp rules, we very excitedly sat down to lunch.  With our bellies satisfied, we jumped straight into the activities. The activities entailed team work and revealed a lot about leadership and the attributes a leader should have. We were divided into two smaller groups where we faced challenges and obstacles on a smaller scale. Some of the challenges were difficult, but they were easily overcome by our passion, courage and perseverance. All of the girls experienced “the leap of faith”, which is a literal leap of faith that required great courage and confidence.  The Rhenish girls are always ready for a challenge and prepared to take calculated risks, so we managed this with aplomb. The day was jam-packed with various fun-filled activities. During the evening, we were able to get to know each other by presenting collages which revealed more about each individual’s life. This was very interesting and created an excellent platform for getting to know each other better.

The following morning was filled with many exciting activities. Ms Sarga’s presentation really started the day off with a bang. It was a perfect way to identify with one’s character and the type of leader that we are. We were once again split into two smaller groups where both groups embarked on different journeys. Canoeing was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Some girls had a natural ability to steer and control the canoe, while others experienced difficulty in doing so. Despite this, it was such a blast. We were all very fortunate to have received a visit from Ms Slabber. It was wonderful, and although she could not stay for the duration of the camp, her visit was greatly appreciated by all.

After lunch, it was time to approach the so called “Jungle gym”. It was indeed like a jungle gym, except that it was raised 9 m from the ground. Girls approached this obstacle course with a combination of fear, curiosity and confidence. All girls managed to complete the obstacle course and came out as absolute champions. Later that afternoon, it was time for the “Master Chefs” to shine as different groups prepared unique pot of potjiekos. It was a major success and required a lot of work:  prepping the ingredients, decorating the table to earn presentation points, but it was all a great experience.

Sunday dawned and we were sad to have to leave such a wonderful place where plenty of memories had been made. The camp was an excellent way of discovering the type of leader each member of the LC is and the change we wish to see.  It also served to unify the 2015-2016 Learner Council as a group.

The Learner Council promises to serve the school with grace and honour. This camp was the first step in getting ready to serve the school. On behalf of the LC, a very big thank you to Mrs Forsyth and Ms Sarga for the great amount of effort and organisation that went into this camp. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and unforgettable memories were made.

Victoria Beeka

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