As the dust settled on a busy term, a group of intrepid Sixth Form students boarded a plane to Johannesburg, from where they made the six hour drive south to the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho.
Their destination, for the first week of their stay, was St Agnes Mission, an Anglican centre established by missionaries in the early 1900s. From here, the group explored the Teyateyaneng region, played football with various community groups and visited families.
Their primary focus, though, was the continued development of Ha Fusi Secondary School. Having raised money to build and supply a 'poultry house', designed to act as a fundraising initiative to help keep school fees as low as possible, the group laid the first few layers of blocks before leaving the job to the experts. The second part of the visit involved a drive into the mountains to a beautiful lodge at Malealea from where the group embarked on the ambitious (foolish) notion that a day of pony-trekking followed by a day on mountain bikes (and then 24 hours of travelling) was a good idea. Everyone ended the trip with unusual aches and pains!
The trip was a great success; the community welcomed the students with open arms, and the students rose to the challenge admirably. The memories will, fortunately, last much longer than the soreness!