I haven’t really had time to add to my blog of late so I thought I would lump it all together as my last week teaching at Kwa-Bhekilanga school. This week has been really amazing and I am going to miss the kids from the school so much, they are so much fun and have always made me feel better.
There have been times when I have had to shout and when I have gotten annoyed with the class because they just won’t settle down but most of the kids are just over energetic rather than disruptive, it doesn’t seem to be in their nature at all to be quiet. Over the weeks I have been teaching I have not got through anything close to the amount of material I had hoped to be able to teach but I think my expectations were unrealistic. What I am satisfied with though is that what I have taught them they understand and as such I think I have been successful. I can certainly see the attraction to teaching when I see the realisation on a learners face when they finally understand what I have taught them!
Thursday night we went out to a club in Soweto called Ozone which was an amazing experience. Lewis and Lindo took us there and this place is not a typical touristy club; it is found right in the middle of the Soweto township and is frequented by all the locals from the township. I did feel like we stood out a mile as we were the only white people in the entire club. I had a great time though, we met up with some locals in the dance area who had just bought a massive bucket full of beer and insisted that we spent the night drinking and dancing with them! I was certainly not going to refuse beer so it was a very enjoyable and very cheap night all in all! Unfortunately after getting home at 2.30am and getting up at 6am this (Friday) morning I was feeling to say the least bad! Fortunately I got a burst of energy after getting to school and I would seriously need it for my classes today.
Basically I taught nothing at all today but said good bye to all the classes I have been teaching in the form of a shirt quiz on physics, maths and general knowledge where correct answers are rewarded by sweets. Then with all the classes we had a massive photo session and a long good bye. Finally at the end of the day we said our farewells, gave the principal R300 raised through Warwick for them to buy a printer and left for the last time.
I took over 100 photos today so there is no way they are all going up, I’ll try and put up a selection if the internet behaves though.
We’re off out to Melrose Arch tonight for dinner and drinks and then flying to Cape Town at 12 tomorrow, I’ll get to you next from the Cape!