One of the many incredible opportunities that presents itself for Southern Cross Schools learners is the chance to explore the diverse wildlife reserves surrounding Hoedspruit.
At the end of 2020 the then Grade 6 class was offered the amazing chance to visit the Thornybush Game Reserve for a morning game drive. Three Thornybush guides Rudi, Sarah and Kilmon, offered up their morning to teach the learners about various aspects of the Greater Kruger National Park region. Their holistic approach to explaining how the whole eco system works and is connected, made a huge impact.
Their passion and dedication to this wildlife area was tangible, inspiring the learners, as well as creating a fun and educational experience for everyone involved. Not only the learners had a great time, but the teachers too!
Everyone learnt about the fabulous fauna and flora of the Thornybush Reserve and they were most fortunate to see the Big 5 in one drive, including two separate lion sightings which were a massive treat!
One has to acknowledge that there are very few schools in the world that offer such magnificent experiences to learners not only educating them, but gifting them with life lessons relating to the importance of our environment.
The close relationship that Southern Cross Schools has with the families involved at Thornybush Game Reserve, allowed them to offer this experience at no cost to our parents or our school. With the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the impact that it has had on our community, we as a school are extremely grateful for this very generous gift.
The Grade 6 class really enjoyed this experience! What a treat!