Grade 8 Camp Out

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As has become tradition, the Grade 8 Camp Out is one of the highlights of the junior leadership programme at the school. With its essential aim to welcome the Grade 8’s to their new school and its various leadership in an active and fun way, this year’s camp out was a great success.
As the boys are required to work as class groups for their tented accommodation this forces them to make new friends and to plan. The nett result of this was an amazing tent city on the main field with every imaginable tent being represented. Although once again we had to contend with rain it was not as bad as in 2016, and the evening’s activities went ahead smoothly.

The boys were also required to prepare their own food in the form of a braai and this task was tackled with enthusiasm. Once again I was amazed by the variety (and quantity) of meat that the boys prepared.
In addition to war cry with the prefects and touch, cricket, swimming and soccer, a new addition to the programme was the inclusion of a mentor session. At this session the mentors had the opportunity to work with their mentees and a number of ice-breakers were done. When the leadership team reviewed the evening this was seen as one of the many successes. In the light of this, the Camp Out 2018 will undergo a slight change with more mentor and leadership-based activities. This new programme will be a test run with the Grade 9’s when they have their Camp Out in the third term.
The groups’ enthusiasm bodes for the evening was also reflected in the 99% attendance rate. I hope that this Grade 8 group continues to support school activities in this manner.
Ian Lewis
Head of Outdoor Leadership Activities

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