2017 South Africa Tour
On the 19th July, we left Perins for another fantastic two weeks in what has come to be our second home, South Africa. We took 73 pupils with us and they proved to be the best group yet. The pupils were fantastic and fully embraced the culture and challenges that lay ahead. We could tell this was going to be a great tour as we had many compliments from members of the public about our pupil’s excellent conduct during the flight out there!
The Cape Town leg, first took us to Robben Island. Pupils were both humbled and amazed by their experiences of where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and there were lots of questions for the ex-prisoners/guards to answer. Pupils were then able to take some photos of the incredible views from the top of Table Mountain after the gruelling five minute ascent in the cable car!
In Cape Town our party were able to be inspired by some professional super rugby-attending a tense quarter final between the Stormers (Cape Town, SA) and the Chiefs (Hamilton, NZ). Unfortunately, the New Zealanders stole away with the victory! This served as a pre-game taster for their first lot of games, with the boys fighting hard in winning one of their three rugby matches, and the girls winning nearly all their netball games and both hockey fixtures.
From here, we went to Durban to play our ‘test match’ on tour against Maritzburg College and Danville Park High school. Both schools have a strong standing in terms of South African sport but the boys were not over-awed and competed well. The girls, once again, showed how much hard work and commitment pays off by coming away with three netball victories and a narrow defeat in the hockey. Pupils were able to experience home life in South Africa, when they spent one night with their host families and many were treated like kings and queen and fed like it, as well! Often, the highlight for pupils is our day spent at Ogwini High School in Umlazi, and this tour was no different. The pupils were given tours of the school, met countless enthusiastic learners and some even had the courage to sing and dance for their South African peers!
The final, more relaxing leg of the tour, saw pupils see animals such as lions, elephants and hippos in their natural habitat (the leopards and cheetahs proved elusive, once again), in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve, two hours from Johannesburg. All in all, when we returned some very excited but tired pupils home, we were sure that it had been another hugely successful tour and are looking forward to the next!
Mr Ledsham – PE Teacher
Every two years Year 11 and Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in the Perins Sports Tour of South Africa. This exciting venture is the end product of two years of training and fundraising for both students and teachers and will create lifelong memories for all.
South Africa is chosen as the country for the tour for several reasons: the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the country’s people appeals, as does its cultural diversity; the students get the opportunity to compete against different schools and colleges while traveling around the country; in addition the students have the opportunity to interact with the people of South Africa by running sport specific workshops in the Townships. When the students are not competing they have plenty of time to experience the beauty of South Africa, including having the opportunity to try out surfing!
See here for more information about the 2015 tour.