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 P in Year 11, 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.