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South Africa Hockey Tour 2014

Posted On: 01/10/14

In July, 29 pupils, 8 parents and 3 staff from Joyce Frankland Academy went on a 3 week hockey and cultural tour to South Africa. Starting with 5 days in Cape Town where they visited many places of interest; District 6 Museum, Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Point to name a few.

They spent a day in the Langa Township before playing hockey against 2 teams from the Langa hockey club, this was a day of reflection and one that will stay with them for life.

Our journey then took us East along the Garden Route for the next 4 days through George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Port Elizabeth until we arrived at East London.

We flew on to Durban; visiting the Battlefields at Rorkes Drift and Blood River before travelling to a school in Swaziland for 2 nights.

The amazing tour was made complete by finishing with a 3 day safari in Kruger National Park. Pupils stayed in 2 of the park camps, experiencing an early morning and evening game drive, which finished with a meal out in the bush. They were fortunate enough to see ‘The Big Five’, lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino; as well as many more animals in the safari.
We played 16 matches over the 3 weeks, girls won all their games and the boys lost just one, which was an excellent accomplishment giving the standard of play in some of the fixtures.

Every game had its awards; not only was there the player of the matches but we also had a couple of additional fun awards known as ‘The Where’s Wally or Welma’ and ‘The Coney’ award. Pupils, staff and parents who were awarded these had to keep the award items on at all times of the day; much to the amusement of everybody.

Pupils were hosted 5 times over the 3 week tour by families and staff from the schools that we played against. Having this experience of actually living with several families over the weeks made the pupils understand the South African culture and way of life fully; especially the pupils who had to get up at 4.30 am, travel for 2 hours (by bus and train) to arrive in school for a 7.30 am start.

The tour was such a success thanks to all the pupils, parents and staff that went. So many memories that will stay with everybody for life. Thanks to Mr Grindrod and the blog that he painstakingly put together over the whole 3 weeks, we can all keep those memories fresh in our minds. I would also like to thank Mr Scott for educating the whole bus for the whole tour with his endless facts. He is definitely a walking encyclopaedia.

For further information and a full diary of the trip please go to the South Africa Hockey Tour 2014 website here