Miss Fellows and Miss Keir in South Africa 2015
Miss Fellows and Miss Keir are visiting Adelaide School during October 2015. They'll be keeping us up to date with their visit blog here, during the week:
UPDATED: scroll down to read about the second half of this week!
Saturday 17th October
We left London Heathrow at 19:10 on Friday evening. After a nice dinner on the plane we hoped to get some sleep however, this did not happen! 10 hours later we landed in Johannesburg still wide awake. We spent a few hours exploring OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg then boarded a plane to Port Elizabeth, we arrived with some of the other visiting teachers from Oxford around 14:00. After a short drive we settled in to a lovely guest house. Before falling fast asleep in the evening we experienced our first South African dinner, Miss Keir even braved trying Kudu steak for the first time.
Sunday 18th October
Following an early night and a good night's sleep we woke up nice and early to begin an exciting day. With the other visiting teachers from Oxford, we travelled from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant Park. Miss Fellows was extremely excited about the possibility of seeing more baby elephants as she had seen many during her visit last year! We began the journey on a rickety safari bus, however, our start was quickly delayed by a flat tyre! This was soon forgotten when we spotted our first animal; a water buffalo, this was over shadowed though by the appearance of a very fast moving tortoise! Over the next two hours we saw kudu, zebras, warthogs, antelope, a very sleepy male lion and best of all a herd of elephants including a three day old baby! Miss Fellows was very happy about this! (We have some great photos to show you when we're back).
After a nice lunch at Addo we began the journey to Adelaide, the drive took about two and a half hours, but we entertained ourselves with more animal spotting! We arrive at Mr Human's house about 15:30 but were soon whisked off to Mrs Maraise's house where we will be staying for the week. Both of us were very excited to find that she has wifi! Later that evening we joined the other English teachers and some of the South African teachers for a meal in Fort Beaufort.
We visited one of the new wind farms near the school.
Monday 19th October
This morning we enjoyed our first day at Adelaide Primary - the school looks lovely having been painted very recently. All of the children and teachers we keen to learn about how you have been getting on. We spent some this morning visiting the grade 7 children. They were showing off their maths skills and really testing both of us with tricky problems - Miss Keir thinks she will stick with year 4 maths from now on! After that we shared some of the photos we have been collecting of your work, trips and project outcomes with Mrs Every's children. They enjoyed asking lots of questions, sharing some songs with us and telling us some funny stories from their recent residential trip. After a tour around the school at break time from one of the prefects we visited the grade 1 and 2 children and took part in a very interesting Xhosa lesson. This afternoon we have been to visit one of the newer wind farms in this area with Mr Human, we learnt a lot of interesting facts from our tour guide Nico. We are just having a little rest to update you all before going to have a braai with Mr Human this evening.
Tuesday 20th October
Last night we enjoyed a lovely braai with Mr and Mrs Human we were even introduced to their newest family members, some baby Egyptian geese. Today we spent some time with the grade 5 children we enjoyed learning lots if interesting facts about South Africa with them. After that we had the opportunity to join Adelaide's reading volunteers and read with some children in the library. This however was interrupted by a Skype session with our own classes back at home, which we thoroughly enjoyed as we are missing you all lots. After school we drove with Miss Van de Vyver and Mrs Ferarer to a place up in the mountains called Hogsback, after a short trek through the woodlands we arrived at a beautiful waterfall. Miss Keir enjoyed scaring us by walking as close to the edge of the cliff as she could! Shortly after we explored some more and discovered a second waterfall. It was a really lovely experience for us to see something so pretty. Later that evening we enjoyed dinner with Mrs Ferarer and her family.
Wednesday 21st October
Today was a special day for Adelaide as they were hosting a sporting event on their grounds. There were 10 local schools involved playing netball and football for under 10s and under 13s in a tournament. Adelaide were represented with two netball teams. Miss Fellows and I we're put to work as official scorers ensuring everything was recorded accurately. After a gruelling 9 hours the Adelaide under 13s team won, they were lucky enough to be presented with a new team kit! Later that evening we were invited to join the grade 7 children for their farewell event as they will be leaving to head off to high school in a few weeks time. All the staff and children enjoyed a lovely dinner followed by lots of singing and dancing. Miss Fellows and I even learnt some new moves!
We visited a nearby game park with Grade 2.
We hope that you had a fantastic last day of term and enjoyed raising money for Breast Cancer Research - the pictures on twitter look great! We look forward to hearing how much you managed to raise.
Thursday 22nd October
We have had long day on a trip with the grade 2 children today. We visited a nearby game park called Shamwaari. The children we very excited as many of them have never seen some of South Africa's most famous wild animals. We set off early this morning and the children all had HUGE packed lunches ready for the day, when we arrived we were given a little history about the game park and it's sponsors 'Born Free'. Shortly after we had a tour around the enclosures which are home to some of the lions and leopards who have been relocated here after being very mistreated in the past. The day continued with another bumpy ride on another rickety safari bus! Within minutes we spotted a wild lioness, we were both quite scared at this point but enjoyed being so close to it. Throughout the journey we saw more elephants, giraffes, white rhinos, zebras and hundreds and hundreds of warthogs. We have just returned home after a lovely dinner with Mrs Every and her husband. We are excited for another day at school tomorrow but sad to be saying farewell to the children and teachers at Adelaide.