Beyond the classroom: Exploration and Self-discovery

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Beyond the classroom: Exploration and Self-discovery

Khula (from Kukhula) means “grow”. It is also the name of the St Andrew’s College outdoor education centre on Table Farm, just outside Grahamstown.

Outdoor education is an integral part in the broader curriculum at College and is designed to let the boys experience and discover their natural surrounds. It is a space where each boy strives to push themselves out of their comfort zone on a path of self-discovery and adventure.

St Andrew’s has continued with this ethic of educating beyond the classroom and has expanded the programme from a military-inspired Long Walk to a far more intricate programme. St Andrew’s pioneered the 21 day rite of passage now known as the John Jones Fish River Journey in 2004 and has led the way in South Africa in this regard.

The development of our own “Bush Camp” at Table Farm 15km from Grahamstown has further enhanced our opportunities to educate our boys beyond the classroom on a regular basis. Some of the activities on offer at Table Farm include canoeing, hiking, swimming, fishing, cycling to name but a few.

At the end of 2015 every College boy will have experienced what the Bush Camp has to offer, be it on a tutor outing, a leadership camp, President’s Award, Outreach, skills training, environmental study, or even academic camps. There are also ample opportunities for recreation away from the hectic academic, sport and cultural pressures in Grahamstown.