Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming South Africa Tour. All tourists in Year 10 and 11 have started tour training where they endure tough fitness sessions to make sure they are in peak physical condition for when we fly out to South Africa on the 19th July. On Saturday 6th July, the Sports Tour Dinner was held, featuring an evening of speeches and fund-raising activities occurred. The guest speaker was ex-England rugby international Roy Winters and in total the dinner raised in excess of £3,000 through auctions and raffles. When we are on tour, we will be tweeting through our Twitter site @PerinsSport and prior to leaving for South Africa we will create a Facebook page for all tourists and their families.
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!
We now have confirmed Sports Tour dates for 2017 as Wednesday 19th July – Wednesday 2nd August 2017.
The 2015 Tour
A trip of a lifetime for committed and outstanding Perins students took place during the school summer holidays. Students and staff spent two weeks on a sports tour of South Africa visiting Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. This was the 5th South Africa Tour organised biennially by the Perins PE department.
Eighty students from years 10 and 11, double the amount than previous years, formed 3 girls’ netball squads, a girls’ hockey team and 2 boys’ rugby teams. They played some extremely tough opposition, competing against schools such as Wynberg Boys School, Maritzburg College, Rhenish Girls and Pietermaritzburg High School. Perins teams achieved some excellent results.
Apart from sports fixtures, students had the opportunity to climb Lions Head, surf at Muizenberg Beach, visit Robben Island, and go on safari at Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
The students had all spent the two years leading up to going on tour doing fund raising. They packed bags in local supermarkets, helped at the Alresford Show and organised a Sports Dinner.
Molly Poupart (11C1 ), a hockey player, said, “The tour was a once in a life time experience and it was incredible to meet new people from different cultures of all ages. The atmosphere of the group made the whole experience even better and I made so many new friends. The thing I enjoyed most about the tour was visiting the Ogwini School, and helping pupils to learn new sports but in return I learnt a lot from them.”
One of the main highlights for the students was returning to our Township school – Ogwini School. Perins students coached the Ogwini sports leaders in how to run a session, using sports equipment and new kit that Perins donated to the school. It was also a fantastic opportunity to meet the Ogwini pupils and experience their classroom environment.