Rain in the Karoo is Such a Blessing

Rainfall and all that goes with it, is of extreme importance in the semi-arid Karoo. With Nqweba dam’s levels having dropped to 1% of capacity, the veld dry and Graaff-Reinet’s water a real issue – water talk is common at Union. Then last week it started to rain! While the town itself has not received substantial rainfall at this stage, it fell heavily in the catchment areas on farms where some of our boarders live. On Monday morning some of this water reached the rivers that flow into the dam. With much jubilation, the Arthur Kingwill House matrics went to witness this wonderful event and saw the Sunday’s river in full spate after many, many months.

AKH Cyclists

One of the perks of living in Arthur Kingwill House is that the lads get to ride some of the loveliest routes in and around Graaff-Reinet on a regular basis. Superintendent (and cycling enthusiast) Donald Kingwill instills a love of this sport in his young charges through leading by absolute example. Today saw a few new faces to the group before they headed off for their evening cycle.

Thank You

The Herby Arnott girls honoured Lien Koopman, a cook at the hostel, and said good bye as she is leaving at the end of this year. Lien was a great blessing to all.

Jenny Morris also stopped duties at the hostel after many years of bringing lots of laughter to all. We wish them both everything of the best for the future.

We Appreciate You!

As the year draws to a close, we are reminded of the incredible team of people which is responsible for the smooth running of our 3 boarding houses: Max Kroon House (grades 1-4), Herby Arnott House (grade 5-12 girls) and Arthur Kingwill House (grade 5-12 boys).

There are people in this photo who leave home at 5am to prepare breakfast for our boarders, and those who stay on duty to attend to their needs way into the night. These are the people who neaten the beds, who polish the floors, who water the gardens, who stitch on a button when needed. This is the team which makes our boarding houses the clean, pristine places that they are. At the end of a good year we are grateful for all the meetings that go on behind the scenes – each litre of milk and loaf of bread that is ordered, each sandwich that is made, each meal that is planned and flower that is planted. We are grateful for each little hug, for homework that is monitored, for cooked breakfasts and healthy snacks for our matrics. We are thankful for the boilers that are stoked to provide warm water, for laundry that is done, for smiles and care. We are grateful for meticulous management of parents’ fees.
Our boarders are provided with a real home from home at these establishments. We are grateful for the special touches that are added, for fun events, for green fields, beautiful views and fresh air. Our boarders are blessed with pastoral care, with structure, and with a place that promotes healthy development of the body, mind and spirit.
As our boarders head off for holidays at home, we pay tribute to this incredible team!

AKH Prefect Team Building

Following their induction as Arthur Kingwill House prefects, the boys were treated to a team building weekend with the duty masters as Asante Sana Game Reserve. They thoroughly enjoyed the informal time together around camp fires, on game drives and seeing animals that some had never seen before. Headboy, Khanya said, ” I enjoyed the memorable experience of interacting with not only the duty masters, but also with nature. It is not often that we see different types of game in one area. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me!”
Lihlombe added, “The thing I liked the most was when we were sitting around the campfire with coffee in our hands, waiting for the animals to come closer.”

We wish the prefects all the best as they guide and nurture our boarding house lads into the next year.