On the weekend of 27 October I pitched my tent in De Bos camping grounds at Montagu. The plan was to expose my dad (a beginner climber) to the Western Cape rock. We had a great time, and Justin from MontaguClimbing gave us a very professional tour of the Bold & the Beautiful Crags where I onsighted “Snot & Trane” 18 (5c french / 5.9 US). Having been out of climbing for a long time and recently recovered from an operation I was quite proud of myself!

I also had the opportunity to meet Andy Wood, Principal of the International School of Hout Bay. Together with a member of this management team (Dan Landi) they were taking the weekend as a planning session with their team of pupils elected as the leadership of the school for 2013.

I was amazed at the quality of their preparations for the coming year when I dropped into one of their planning sessions by accident: It is a rare occasion when teachers and the principal spend time with their prefects compiling a SWOT analysis for the school, and taking time to hear from the scholars how they feel about the future strategy of the school.

These kids were simply on another level, and if we can get their mindset to move over into the rest of South Africa’s youth, we will have a magnificent future ahead of us!

Well done Mr Wood! Well done team. I see a great year ahead of you.


2 thoughts on “Serious about School

  1. Thanks for the positive feedback Franz, the students had a great time and really appreciated your compliments. The main idea that came out of the week end was a mentoring programme that will support the most junior students acclimatise to the High School, and they are in the process of planning the programme. If you get the opportunity get into teaching, do it – you are a natural.

    Dan Landi
    Director of Student Affairs
    international School of Hout Bay

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