“I have courage — I stretch myself beyond the ordinary.”

Stanford Lake College is very proud of 15 years of excellence in adventure activities. We have excelled in adventure racing, mountain biking, kayaking and wilderness expeditions. Adventure is a cornerstone of Stanford Lake College education.

All Stanford Lake College adventure classes, trips and expeditions are conducted in a professional manner with professionally trained expedition leaders. The two senior adventure staff have 40 years of outdoor experience between them, working with and being part of groups. They have been trained by the National Governing Bodies: Mountain Development Trust and African Paddling Association, AQN, and Wild Medics, all which have international accreditation.

Pupils in grade 8 and 9 spend one full day per fortnight (three lessons per week) attending Outdoor Education lessons. The SMART programme is facilitated where learners maximise their whole educational potential.

In adventure lessons learners are fully engaged in a variety of activities which include kayaking, climbing, abseiling, rafting, swimming, orienteering and archery.

We also encourage cross-curricular learning which allows the student to link, for example, orienteering to mathematics.

Stanford Lake College are also proud hosts of The Wik off-road triathlon, the Wolkberg Two Day Trail Run, the Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike race, as well as the Adventure Challenge for Primary Schools and the Adventure Challenge for Schools™.

Experiencing the great South African outdoors

In Grade 8 and Grade 9, Stanford Lake pupils have the opportunity to experience the great South African outdoors with annual expeditions. These expeditions are physically challenging and enjoyable.

All expeditions are compulsory for pupils and form a key component of the overall education offered at Stanford Lake College.

Expeditions

Adventure is a cornerstone of a Stanford Lake education and therefore, to strengthen our excellent record we need your support to insist that your child is fully involved with adventure classes and expeditions.  Please plan your year carefully to have your child at school, on time, and properly equipped for each expedition.
During their time at Stanford, they will also be participating in several challenging trips through Grades 9 and 10. Therefore, it is well worth buying good equipment that is going to last, because it will be well used.  I have included a full kit list of the basics they will need for all Stanford Lake expeditions.

All Stanford Lake College adventure classes, trips and expeditions are conducted in a professional manner with professionally trained expedition leaders.  The two senior adventure staff have 40 years of outdoor experience between them, working with and being part of groups.  We have been trained by the National Governing Bodies: Mountain Development Trust and African Paddling Association, both of which have international accreditation.

Mr. Tiaan Fullard is co-ordinating all Grade 8 adventure pursuits.  Please contact him by email with any questions (tiaan@slc.co.za). Your child will be participating in “Twin Peaks” next, from the 6th September to the 13th of September, as part of the adventure syllabus. Please find the attached itinerary, equipment list and meal planner in the newsletter below.

Expedition Newsletter

We will be spending time in the very northern Drakensberg Mountains following, on foot, some of the route, albeit backwards, that Louis Trichardt explored 179 years ago in 1838.

We will walk from Trichardtsdal over the Mokgogolo Mountain and on to Penge. Christmas Plateaux, the Louis Trichardt Memorial Post, Louis Fountain, the Gorge, the Olifants river and the Penge Store being some of the highlights.

We will meet up with the river guides and boats at Penge where we begin our famous river rafting section, looking out for the infamous rapids ‘rent-a-kill’, ‘double trouble’, ‘longdrop’, ‘simple Simon’ and the ‘rollercoaster’!!

The expedition will end at 1400 on Thursday the 02nd, (depending on the water conditions) below the J.G. Strydom Tunnel in a village called Thabalesoba just after the Manoutsa Park turn- off.

We will only be back at SLC at about 1700.  We can drop off children in Tzaneen at the SASOL garage next to Ben Vorster HS.  This is by prior arrangement only.  We will not stop anywhere else.

Expedition Letter

We will be spending some time in the Soutpansberg Mountains seeing where Louis Trichardt explored in 1838.

Trichardt and his group stayed near the mountains, camping near what eventually became the town of Louis Trichardt in 1899. They planted crops and started exploring the areas north of the current town.

This expedition involves some familiar experiences as well as some new ones. There will be a time of SOLO 24hrs in the bush, on their own.  There is a 3 day self-led hike, where they must manage themselves, their peers and their route.

Other activities include: bush craft, abseiling and the study of bushman paintings!

All the activities are conducted on a mountain farm far away from roads. It is very safe, however we do hire bush guides to keep an extra watch on the students.  The students won’t see the guides, but they are always there with a radio back up.

This is an incredible camp, where your child will make solid friendships, develop social and interpersonal skills and have a lot of fun!

Your child has been given a list of equipment that is needed but it does not need to be new. If, however, you would like to make any purchases, Trappers Trading in Tzaneen and Polokwane is a good place to start.

The children must plan their own menus for the trek, buy the food, carry it, cook it, wash up and bring any leftovers back with them. A reasonable amount to spend on hiking meals per day, including snacks, is R80.00 per person.

We look forward to enjoying the South African veld with your children. Please make sure they are properly equipped with working camping equipment, tents, stoves and clothing.  Please consider carefully before purchasing new equipment and heed our recommendations.

This Expedition is compulsory and if you cannot make it you must get written consent from Mr. Carolan before 25th August and let us know.

Expedition Letter