Looking back over the past 7 months, we just had to try to bridge the gap between ‘normal’ and ‘2020′, while remaining responsible and safe. So our teachers decided on some different, yet competitive activities for the inter-house competition between Bushbuck (BB) and Reedbuck (RB) this year.

First up on Saturday, 12 September was mountain-biking, where Benjamin Rabe really showed his competitive streak by completing the track at an unbeatable pace. In the girls’ race, Nicola Ortmann’s perseverance got her through, and she was well-supported by her house captain, Asanda Nzimande, who ran the whole course alongside her and motivated her right through to the end, showing exemplary character and leadership – it’s not just winning that’s important! In the boys’ event, Benjamin Rabe (BB) came first, followed by Nkosinathi Chonco (BB) and Timothy Hönes (RB). Kirsten Rabe (BB) won the girls’ event with Kei Blackburn (RB) and Nicola Ortmann (RB) in second and third place respectively.

The inter-house trail run came next, following a campus course with uphills, downhills and level stretches, both on- and off-road. Ayabonga Dlamini (RB) was followed by Asanda Nzimande (RB), Luka Poser (RB) and Benjamin Rabe (BB).

The inter-house tennis final was played on the Saturday with Sven Meyer (winner) taking on Jemma Hayward (runner up). With both of them being in Bushbuck, they ensured a House win for Bushbuck.

Among other developments taking place at our school, foot golf has been introduced by the Sports department, combining soccer and golf techniques. As the name implies, players use a soccer ball instead of a golf ball, and kick it towards and into a hole in as few kicks as possible, playing across large parts of the campus. Foot golf was introduced as an optional activity to provide an opportunity for soccer lovers to enjoy a sports activity similar to that of their interest, even under the current pandemic’s strict regulations. Bushbuck took the honours in the inaugural foot golf contest, averaging 27 kicks per hole against Reedbuck’s 43 (fewer kicks is better).

This year’s annual enviro-quiz was incorporated into the inter-house sport and cultural activities day, albeit in an online quiz. The normal hype and excitement with an audience was sadly missing this year, but the teams did not disappoint and the final scores were very close. Reedbuck took the honours with 78% only just pipping Bushbuck, with 77%, to the post.

The hotly contested inter-house debating competition had both the team members and the audience fired up and engaging in spirited debate. The competition consisted of a prepared debate (schools should be run on a democratic basis by scholars) and an unprepared debate (capital punishment should be re-introduced into society). Both House teams argued persuasively – one for and the other against the resolutions – but in the end the adjudicators had to decide which arguments were more persuasive. Reedbuck’s arguments were judged the more convincing in both debates.

Horse-racing may be the sport of kings, but chess has been known as the game of kings, all the way back to its roots in India 1500 years ago, and it is no less challenging, frustrating and entertaining now as it was then. At least, not the way we played it in Hermannsburg during the Inter-house Contest where we had 16 movers and 2 players per team, and each team’s players had to take turns without consulting one another. A good game was played and our thanks go to all the participants and supporters for their good spirit and sportsmanship. It took Reedbuck’s players a long time, but eventually they managed to check-mate the Bushbuck players.

Congratulations go to all the participants and supporters, and the teachers who put together the various activities, and special thanks for the good spirit with which everyone joined in on the day.