Bridge House School from Franschhoek travelled to KwaZulu-Natal on a girls and boys hockey tour. There were 30 players and 4 coaches. They flew out of Cape Town International Airport to Durban's King Shaka International Airport. While here they played against some great KZN schools including, Hillcrest High School, Howick High School, Northwood, Maris Stella and Crawford North Coast. In their downtime they experienced all that KZN has to offer like visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, experiencing the thrill of the Karkloof Canopy Tours and enjoying Durban's famous beaches! A great time was had by all!
Bridge House School embarked on yet another exciting tour to The USA. The tour started 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 space camp and had the full space experience. The activities include, space station mission, Mars Mission, the history, experiments, digital movies, astronaut simulators, a rocket construction and launch. On the final day before departing back to Washington DC, the students had a graduation ceremony from space camp. The group then stayed in DC, visiting the main sights. The 16 students and 2 staff had the most amazing experience.
Cornwall Hill College from Pretoria embarked on a 4 day tour to Sugar Bay in KwaZulu Natal. They flew out of Lanseria International Airport to Durban's King Shaka International Airport with 125 students and 7 accompanying staff members for this exciting time at Sugar Bay! There were 2 x 60 seater coaches and 1 x 28 seater coach awaiting their arrival at the airport to transfer them to their destination. When their wonderful experience at Sugar Bay was over, they were collected once again by the coaches and transferred to King Shaka International Airport for their flight home.
Jeppe Boys' High School from Johannesburg sent their u18 and u16 Hockey teams on a tour to Singapore and Malaysia in March 2019. The tour began in Singapore where spent their first 2 nights and played their first matches of the tour. Sightseeing in Singapore included a city tour where they visited Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay and Mount Faber. They also visited Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. The group then headed to Malaysia where they spent 1 night in both Johor and Melacca and played matches against local schools. Their next destination was Kuala Lumpur where they spent the next 4 nights. As well as playing their next 3 matches against local schools, they enjoyed a city tour of Kuala Lumpur including visits to the Petronas Twin Towers and King's Palace as well as a Batu Caves and Countryside Tour and an evening Fireflies Tour, which is a boat ride through the mangrove swamp of Kampung Bukit Belimbing. Their next stop was Ipoh where the group spent 1 night and enjoyed a Lime Stone Caves tour and played another match. Their tour ended off in Penang where they spent their final 2 nights and played their last matches of the tour before returning to South Africa. The tour party consisted of 35 students and 5 staff.
The Milton Academy embarked on their biannual Jazz tour on the 5th of March 2019. On arrival in Johannesburg, they departed for the Pilanesberg National Park where they were accommodated at Manyane Camp for the night. After some enjoyable game viewing, they made their way to Johannesburg where they visited various schools and academies to interact with their students and perform. They visited the African Leadership Academy as well as the Kgothatso Laka Music Academy. While in Johannesburg, they enjoyed a Soweto Township tour and visited the Apartheid Museum. They then travelled by coach to Durban and Pietermaritzburg. They performed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well as Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School. The group will then flew to Cape Town where they visited and performed at the Kaleidoscope Jazz Club, the V&A Waterfront Pavilion and the Cape Music Institute to name a few. Sightseeing in Cape Town included visits to Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Point.
Papplewick School from the UK once again sent their 1st XI Cricket Team on a tour to South Africa in March 2019. They began their tour in KZN where they played their first 3 matches of the tour against Thomas More College, Cowan House and Felixton College. Sightseeing in the area included a visit to uShaka Marine World, Phezulu Crocodile & Snake Park as well as a cruise on the St Lucia Estuary. They ended off their KZN leg with a trip to Hluhluwe Game Reserve where they spent 2 nights and had a chance to spot the Big 5 on one of their game drives. The group then flew to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape for 3 nights. Here they played matches against Kingswood College as well as St Andrew's College. The tour ended off in the Western Cape where the group stayed in the beautiful city of Cape Town for their last 3 nights of the tour. Sightseeing included Table Mountain, Robben Island, a cruise in Hout Bay to see the seals, a visit to Boulders Beach to see the penguins and a visit to the Cheetah Sanctuary. The tour party consisted of 13 boys and 3 staff.
Parktown Boys' High School from Johannesburg embarked on an 11 day Hockey Tour to Germany and The Netherlands in March 2019. The team consisted of 16 boys and 2 accompanying staff. They had a nice mixture of different cities and stayed in Dusseldorf for 3 nights, Utrecht for 2 nights and Amsterdam for 3 nights. With this mixture of cultures the boys learnt and experienced a great amount! They had scheduled training sessions with their own coaches and with professional Dutch coaches. The team played a total of 6 Matches against club hockey teams and they had allocated time for sightseeing and shopping! They did a canal cruise, a bike ride, city tours, visited Euromast in Rotterdam (including a round trip on a water taxi) as well as shopping at Hockey Republic! The team returned to South Africa on their Emirates flight on Sunday, 24th March 2019.
St Johns DSG from Pietermaritzburg travelled to Singapore and Malaysia with their 2 senior hockey teams. They departed on Singapore Airlines from South Africa on the 27 March 2019. The group spent 2 nights in Singapore enjoying all the sightseeing that this beautiful country has to offer! They also played 1 fixture in Singapore against a local school. Thereafter the group departed to Malaysia by bus. They then played 6 fixtures against local schools. The group enoyed staying in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang. They visited all the top sightseeing areas of the country and had a fantastic trip! The teams returned to South Africa on Tuesday, 09 April 2019.
Thomas More College travelled again to Cape Town on their annual Cultural Tour. They travelled with 25 children and 3 staff. Whilst in Cape Town they spent five nights at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge which is within easy walking distance to the popular V&A Waterfront. They visited many of Cape Town's popular tourist attractions such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, Groot Constantia, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Gardens and many more.
Trinityhouse School from Johannesburg travelled to the UK and Scotland on a boys rugby and hockey tour. They travelled with 40 boys and 5 staff. Their tour began in Aberdeen where they were hosted by Robert Gordon's College for two nights and they played their first rugby and hockey matches. They then travelled to Perth where the hockey boys played against Glenalmond College. The tour then continued to Edinburgh where they stayed at a local hotel for three nights and played a rugby match against Merchiston Castle School and a hockey match against George Watson's College. Sightseeing in Scotland included a visit to Edinburgh Castle. They then continued through to the Liverpool area where they were hosted for two nights by Birkenhead School and played rugby and hockey matches. The hockey boys had an additional match against Merchant Taylor's School in Crosby. Whilst in Liverpool they will had the opportunity to visit the Beatles Story Museum and Anfield Stadium. Their tour continued through to Shropshire where the hockey boys played against Ellesmere College. The last rugby and hockey fixtures were against Christ College Brecon. The tour ended in London where they spent two nights at Ibis Earls Courty Hotel and they visited London Eye. They also had the opportunity to watch a Championship Football Match, QPR vs Bolton.