The Australian Schools Sports Council once again sent their Boys and Girls hockey teams on a tour to South Africa. The group began their tour in Cape Town, where they played 2 practice matches against local Western Province teams. While in Cape Town the group visited Table Mountain, Cape Point, Hout Bay, Boulders Beach and the World Famous Robben Island. They then flew to KZN where they spent a night at Shakaland before heading to Hluhluwe for two nights. The group then returned to Durban to play one last practice match before heading to Johannesburg to participate in a Test Series against the South African Schools U/18 Boys’ and Girls’ teams. There were 35 players and 8 staff as well as 71 family members following the tour.
Dulwich College from London travelled to South Africa on a rugby tour. They travelled with 28 boys and 4 staff. They began their tour in Port Elizabeth where they stayed for a night at the City Lodge as well as being hosted for two nights by Grey High School. They then flew to Cape Town where they played their next match against Bishops Diocesan College. They stayed for three nights at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge and played a development match against Grabouw. They ended their time in Cape Town with two nights hosting at Paarl Boys' High School. They then flew to Johannesburg where they played Parktown Boys High and ended their tour with two nights at the popular Sun City resort.
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Exeter School from Devon in the UK travelled to South Africa and Swaziland in July 2016. The touring teams consisted of a girl’s hockey team, a girl’s netball team and a boy’s rugby team. This 17 day tour commenced in Johannesburg where the touring party played a match at Randpark High School. Then it was off to Uplands College for another match. The touring party then visited the world famous Kruger National Park. Then it was off to Swaziland for 4 nights, they stayed at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and were also hosted at Waterford College and assisted with a charity project while at the school. They then travelled back to South Africa and stayed in St Lucia for a night and played another match at Felixton College before heading to Cape Town for the final match against Fairmont High School. The sightseeing for this tour included a tour of Soweto with lunch, Gods Window and Sudwala Caves, game drives in the Kruger Park, Canopy tour, horse riding and mountain biking in Swaziland, the St Lucia boat cruise and the group ended the tour with a visit to Table Mountain and Robben Island in Cape Town.
Oratory Prep School travelled to South Africa again in 2016. They travelled with a group of 38 children and 4 staff. They began their tour in Johannesburg where they played against Pridwin Prep School and St Peters Girls Prep School. They then travelled by coach to Howick. Upon arrival in Howick they stayed at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve for the night. They travelled to Hluhluwe Game Reserve where they spent two nights. Their tour ended with three nights at the City Lodge Umhlanga where they had a chance to visit some of the local tourist attractions such as uShaka Marine World and the Sharks Board. They played their last fixtures against Gert Maritz Primary School in Pietermaritzburg.
Pridwin Preparatory School from Johannesburg embarked on their annual 10 day tour to the UK on the 01 July 2016. 12 students and 2 staff members headed off on this exciting, fixture packed tour! They played a game everyday of their tour and were hosted by various schools for the evenings. Their tour ended off with a one night stay in London. In London they were free to go sightseeing and shopping! A tour of Lords Cricket Ground was arranged and was certainly enjoyed by the cricket fanatics. After an action packed tour the boys and staff headed back to SA on the 10 July 2016.
St John's School, Leatherhead from the United Kingdom travelled to South Africa with their rugby team. They began their tour in the "Mother City", Cape Town where they were accommodated for four nights at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge. They played their first fixture against a local development side. They then moved to the beautiful winelands where they spent two nights at The Stellenbosch Hotel. They then played their second fixture against Strand High School. They headed towards the Garden Route and spent one night en route at The Oudtshoorn Inn. They then spent two nights at Knsyna Hollow and played their third fixture against Wittedrift High School. The tour continued to Kariega Game Reserve which is a Big Five Reserve. Their next stop was East London where they will spent two nights at The Blue Lagoon Hotel and played their next fixture against Cambridge High School. Their tour ended with two nights at the City Lodge in Port Elizabeth and their last fixture was against Framesby High School.
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St. Stithians Boys' Prep School from Gauteng sent their 1st XI cricket team on tour to the United Kingdom in July 2016. The team was comprised of 14 boys and 4 staff members. The group kicked off their tour in London. Sightseeing in London included Lords Stadium. The group then headed off to two cricket festivals in Taunton and Truro. The school also arranged other fixtures for themselves.
The Wykeham Collegiate Wind Ensemble students travelled to Johannesburg. They had concerts at Auckland Park Prep School, St Katherine’s School, St Andrew’s School for Girls and the Rosebank Shopping Mall. The 52 girls and 3 staff stayed at the Indaba Hotel and had a very successful tour.
Truro School, based in the county of Cornwall in the United Kingdom, travelled to South Africa on a rugby and football tour. The tour commenced in the sunny city of Durban where the group stayed at the Belaire Suites. While in KwaZulu Natal, they enjoyed visits to uShaka Marine World, Shakaland, and spent 2 nights at the Hilltop Camp at the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The group then flew to ‘The Mother City’, Cape Town. Robben Island, Drakenstein Lion Park, V&A Waterfront and the Langa Township were some of the sights that they visited while in Cape Town. Truro School played fixtures Hillcrest High School, Grantleigh School, Fairmont High School, Somerset College and Edgemead High School. After a fantastic tour in South Africa, the group returned home to Cornwall.