The Grade 12’s of 2018 at St Charles College, Pietermaritzburg, embarked on their annual leadership extension programme to Zingela Safaris and River Company. The programme is designed as a leadership course as well a chance for the Matrics of 2018 to bond before starting their Matric year.
The excitement amongst the boys was noticeable, with loud chatter and lots of laughter as they caught up on holiday news before departing on a 2 hour journey from St Charles College to the Bloukrans River, where they started their walk into Zingela Camp. The extension programme included a number of activities to encourage bonding and leadership; activities such as problem solving, an obstacle course, abseiling, paintball and white water river rafting. Unfortunately, even with good local rain the Tugela River is at its lowest it has been since Zingela established 35 years ago.
However, this did not get the boys down as the river was still a haven to where the boys could escape the scorching heat. Mud fights and swimming kept them busy for much of their free time. The evening sessions were run by staff and focussed on leadership and goal setting. This got the Matrics thinking about what they wanted to achieve as a Matric group and what positive change they could make to the school. As always, we were looked after well by Peter Calverley and the Zingela staff. The food was amazing and the activities were well run and organised. The camp proved to be extremely successful and ensured that the Grade 12s of 2018 started off the year as a team.
– Mr Adam Usher (Head of Outdoor Education)
Photo credit: Justin Waldman
On the photo: The Zingela Group