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During the end of Term 3 break, a group of
highly motivated students put together a trip of
service and adventure in South Africa.
The eleven Year 10 students and two staff
travelled to fellow Round Square school, Tiger
Kloof, and had an experience that none will forget.
A major eye-opening experience during our
visit to Tiger Kloof was working in the soup
kitchens. So many of our group said that this
was the biggest highlight of the trip to South
Africa, and demonstrates just how much impact
this work had on all of us. It was very moving
to help the people of Huhudi and Coleridge
and the experience will remain with us for many
years to come.
The time spent at Tiger Kloof was life
changing for all of us. Many of us want to, and
probably will, go back to visit in the future. Our
hosts were fantastic – out there, easy to talk to
and enthusiastic about what we were doing.
They made the experience unforgettable. It
is difficult to put into words what this trip has
meant to me. My eyes have been opened to
the world and I have learnt things about the
world, others and myself that I could never learn
I really enjoyed Heritage Day at Tiger Kloof.
All of the Tigers were so proud of their culture,
with everyone wanting to participate. This was
totally different to our school. We are presented
with so many incredible opportunities, but
instead of relishing them like the Tigers would,
it is sometimes seen as uncool to participate.
At Tiger Kloof all the students loved attending
school and loved doing anything they could,
whether it was singing, gumboot dancing or
playing the drums and the marimbas.
Through the sadness, the laughs and the
incredible experiences over the three weeks,
together with the group of people I was lucky
enough to share the journey with and those we
met along the way, the South Africa trip has
made me think about my life from a different
perspective and has given me the inspiration to
go on serving others into the future.
The director of the Tiger Kloof told us that
“service is not a chore; it is a way of life that
continues forever”. That quote will guide me
along into the future. As I got to know our Tiger
Kloof hosts I began to realise that the attitudes of
these less privileged students were inspirational.
Reflections on a service adventure
Their politeness, care, laughter, strength and
determination will drive me with my studies, as
for many in South Africa, school is a privilege and
Tiger Kloof is helping these students become
leaders and reach their dreams.
I can’t count how many times I was asked if
I was worried or scared to go to South Africa.
Everyone was constantly worried for my safety
in what people assume is the world’s crime
capital, always recounting stories on the news
of the violence occurring there. Not once was
I scared; I was always excited for this new
adventure I was going on. Never once did I
contemplate just how big this adventure would
be – the places I would go, the people I would
meet and how this experience would impact me
To see the incredible beauty of an amazing
country and witness magnificent creatures that
until recently had only been viewed on a TV
screen and watch them with your own eyes is
indescribable. It has truly affected my outlook
on everything and overwhelmed all expectations
I had. It is a trip that I hope will lead to many
more, but one I will never forget.
This trip was far more than I ever expected.
It wasn’t until I arrived and began serving
children their only real food for the day that I
fully understood what it all meant. Spending
time doing something as easy as feeding a little
child who otherwise would not be fed is one of
the most fulfilling tasks imaginable. I am quite
confident in the fact that this trip has changed
the path my life will take – to what extent and in
which way I am not certain.
Seldom does a teacher have the privilege
of sharing their passion with such a motivated
group of young people in such a significant way.
It was a truly memorable experience for me and
Georgie Todman to travel with this group and
they are to be congratulated on the way they
represented Scotch Oakburn College, Tasmania
Round Square Representative
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