The Grade 9 tour to Cape Town is something that Luxolo pupils look forward to all year, and is a very special experience for them.
This year 35 learners and 9 teachers made the trip, which is subsidised by the school using money raised at fundraisers held throughout the year. Each child has a year to come up with their contribution of R1 000, payable in two instalments of R500.
They set off bright and early on the Monday morning of the recent school holidays, stopping in Beaufort West to enjoy the breakfast that they took with them. After another break at Laingsburg, they eventually arrived in Cape Town after 5pm. It was very cold, but this did nothing to dampen the spirit of adventure!
The learners and teachers stayed at River Lodge Backpackers in Pinelands, and very much enjoyed socialising with children from Venda, Limpopo and Gauteng, who were staying at the same venue. They were provided with a buffet breakfast by the Backpackers, and this was a real treat for them all.
Outings in Cape Town included visits to the South African Museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and Canal Walk, where they watched a movie –a first for many of the learners. On the Thursday, they went up Table Mountain in the cable car in the morning, followed by lunch on the beach at Camps Bay. Despite the cold, many braved the water and ventured into the sea- again, a first experience for many.
On the Friday morning, everyone was up very early, to squeeze in a visit to the Parliament buildings before the long journey home. The children all thoroughly enjoyed the many new experiences they encountered on the trip, and the parents were very grateful to the teachers who made it possible.