Grade 5 Excursion

This past Tuesday, 23 August, 54 Union High School, Graaff-Reinet Grade 5 learners – accompanied by educators Mrs Christina Nell and Ms Jenny Street, set out for an ๐—˜๐——๐—จ๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—™๐—œ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—— ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ฃ.
The day began at the Valley Of Desolation where SANParks staff members told the group how the valley was formed and emphasized the national heritage value thereof. Everyone enjoyed the hour-long Crag Lizard Trail hike and a breakfast picnic while learning about rocks and plants.
The happy group then travelled to Ganora Guest Farm – a sheep farm situated just outside Nieu-Bethesda in the foothills of the majestic Sneeuberg Range – singing and playing games in the bus along the way.
At Ganora, the learners explored the caves of the San and Khoi people and learned many interesting things from Mr Henry Witbooi, their guide. They saw old rock art, while learning all about the differences between the San and Khoi rock paintings. The children also enjoyed a fascinating โ€˜show and tellโ€™ talk by Mr JP Steynberg in his fossil museum. Here they learned that the area was once a great inland lake and they viewed many specimens of fossils, on average about 280 million years old, pre-dinosaur time. These included fossils of carnivores, herbivores, insects, crawling creatures, fish and even plants. They were taught how fossils are formed over many years.
The children were then treated to a tasty lunch in the garden of the main farmstead.
While food and knowledge were digesting, the group drove off to Nieu-Bethesda and enjoyed a sweet treat at the Hallabaloo Coffee Shop. Those that brought pocket money were given an opportunity to do some shopping before heading back to school.
It was all-in-all a well-balanced educational field trip that included loads of learning, exercise and some fun. ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ด!
โ€ข Union extends a grateful word of ๐—ง๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ to all those who hosted our learners during the day and to our drivers, Mr Trevor Zali and Mr Arnold du Plessis, who drove the children safely up hill and down dale.