Bridge House embarked on the most amazing tour to The USA. The tour kicked off in Washington DC where the group visited the F Udvar Hazy Centre (National Air & Space Museum). Then it was off to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for 5 nights, where the students stayed at the space camp and had the full space experience. The activities included, space station mission, Mars Mission, the history, experiments, digital movies, astronaut simulators, a rocket construction and launch. On the final day before departing to Washington DC, the students had a graduation ceremony from space camp. They then stayed in DC for another 2 nights, visiting the main sights. The 16 students and 2 staff had an unforgettable experience!!!
Grantleigh School sent their Art and Drama students on an exciting tour to Europe in March / April 2017. They began their tour in Athens, Greece where visits to the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus and the National Archaeological Museum were included! They then traveled to Nafplion where they enjoyed a morning at the beach! From there they made their way to Italy by ferry. They had many exciting vists in Italy including Pompeii, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum, the Baths of Caracalla and Trevi Fountain to name a few. It was then off to Florence where they enjoyed a city tour and overnight before heading to Venice the following day. A city tour in Venice was arranged and following this the group boarded their overnight train to Paris! Visits in Paris included Montmartre, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Thier last stop was London where they enjoyed Theatre Shows and some free time for shopping before returning home.
Howick Preparatory School travelled to Gauteng on a hockey tour with their U13A team. They drove up with the team and played 4 fixtures in total. They played against local schools, namely Reddam House Waterfall Estate, Brescia House School, Cornwall Hill College and St. Mary's School Waverley. They were hosted out with parents at these lovely schools and staff were accommodated at nearby B&B's. In Gauteng they got to enjoy the local sightseeing with visits to the Apartheid Museum, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves and Gold Reef City. The team travelled with 14 students and 3 staff members. They returned to Howick on Friday, 31 March 2017 after a very successful tour!
Milton Academy from Boston, Massachusetts sent their Jazz band on a tour of South Africa in March 2017. They began their tour in the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve where they spent the night before making their way to Johannesburg for a few performances. They visited Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. They transferred by bus to Hilton where they played in a few more performances at local schools. They then transferred to Durban where they were accommodated for the night and had a performace at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Following this they flew to Cape Town where they had many performances including a performance at the V&A Waterfront. While in Cape Town they visited the Amy Biehl Foundation, Robben Island and Table Mountain before they returned home.
Reddam House Umhlanga travelled to Cape Town on a very exciting Music Tour! They travelled with 84 of their music students and 10 accompanying staff. On Tuesday, 28 March they departed on the first flight out of Durban on Mango Airlines. They had a jammed packed tour filled with sightseeing, concerts and a master workshop! Their first concert was held at Reddam House Somerset followed by a master workshop at Stellenbosch University. They also played at Reddam House Constantia, Blouberg International School, The V&A Waterfront and Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard. Sightseeing included The world of Birds, Jump Around, Cool-Runnings Toboggan Family Park and a Waterfront Harbour Tour. The group returned to Durban on Friday, 31 March 2017.
St Anne’s College from Hilton embarked on an amazing Consumer Studies Tour to Italy, the tour started in Milan and end in Rome. The 20 girls and 2 staff visited the Instituto Marangoni Fashion and Design School and attended a course. They also enjoyed many cooking demonstrations along the way. They visited a cheese tasting farm, Olive Oil producer, the Perugian Chocolate factory where they sampled a lot of the chocolates. They stopped en route from Milan to Verona to view ‘The Last Supper’ which was amazing for the group. The group also visited many food markets along the way and one of the many highlights was a stop at the Prada outlet store. Then it was off to Rome for the final leg of the tour where they enjoyed all the main city sights.
From Mrs Sunette Davel - I don’t think I have words to describe this experience. It far exceeded my expectations and the girls had so much fun with several highlights.
St. Andrew's Preparatory School, from Kenya, travelled to South Africa on an exciting rugby & netball tour. The group arrived in Durban on the 25th March and stayed at the City Lodge Umhlanga for 5 nights. While in Durban, they played fixtures against local schools such as Hillcrest Primary School, Durban Preparatory High School and Maris Stella School. They also enjoyed excursions to the Wavehouse at Gateway where they learnt to surf, they rode the Sky Car at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, learnt about sharks at the Natal Sharks Board and enjoyed a fun-filled day at uShaka Marine World. Following their time in Durban, the group visited Tala Game Reserve where they enjoyed a 2 hour game drive, before heading to Pietermaritzburg, where they played matches against Pelham Primary School. While in Pietermaritzburg, they also played a rugby match against a Development Team in the Midlands and a netball match against Scottsville Primary School. The group travelled to the picturesque Drakensberg where they stayed at The Nest Hotel for 2 nights. En route the visited the Mandela Capture Site in Howick. While in the Drakensberg, the group enjoyed a canopy tour. After a lovely 9 nights on tour, the group departed for Nairobi on the 02nd April.
Stanford Lake College, based in Limpopo, sent 7 of their senior students and 2 staff members on a conference tour to Kenya. The group spent the first 5 nights at the International School of Kenya where they participated in the Round Square International Conference. Following the conference the group transferred to Masai Mara National Reserve where they were accommodated at Ol Moran Tented Camp for 2 nights. They enjoyed daily game drives as well as free time to explore and enjoy a few walking trails. The tour ended off in Nairobi where they spent 3 nights and had a chance to explore the capital city before returning to South Africa.
Thomas More College from Kloof, Kwazulu Natal, travelled to Cape Town again on their annual cultural tour. They travelled with 35 students and 4 staff. Whilst in Cape Town they spent three nights at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge near the V&A Waterfront and two nights at the Mojo Hotel located in Seapoint. They visited many of Cape Town's popular tourist destinations such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens as well as visited District Six, SA Museum and many more interesting and exciting places.
Whitgift School sent 2 hockey teams on an exciting tour of South Africa in March. The tour commenced on the 29th March when the group departed London’s Heathrow Airport for Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, they visited the Apartheid Museum before departing to Pretoria Boys High School where they played their first match and were hosted for 1 night. While in Pretoria, they briefly visited the Union Buildings and Loftus Versveld. Thereafter they travelled to Johannesburg where they participated at the Nomads Hockey Festival hosted by Jeppe’s Boys’ High School. At the festival, Whitgift played matches against Grey College, Hilton College and Maritzburg College. After 3 nights at the festival, the tour continued to Durban where the group stayed at the Blue Waters Hotel on Durban’s beachfront for 3 nights. While in Durban, they visited uShaka Marine World, Phezulu Cultural Village and also played matches against Glenwood High School and Clifton College. Following on, the group spent 2 nights at the Hilltop Camp at the Hluhluwe Game Reserve where they spotted lion, elephant and wildlife on their game drives. The final leg of their tour concluded with a 2 night stay in Cape Town. The lads experienced panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain and also visted Robben Island. After an 11 night stay in South Africa, the group head back to the UK after an exciting tour.