Thomas More College: our visit to Maropeng

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Candyce Brehany

On 26 June 2014, we took 12 Grade 11 learners to Maropeng as part of our annual academic tour.

We arrived, had lunch at the fabulous Al Fresco restaurant and met up with our guide, who took us to the Visitor’s Centre. There, the pupils were captivated by the timeline explaining the history of the earth, from today back to when the earth began.

We then experienced what we had learned when we went on an interesting underground boat ride. The learners were in awe!

After this, we retired to Hominid House. We relaxed whilst waiting for a dinner fit for a king, after which we sat around a campfire and reflected on the highlights of the trip. We went to bed after a long but exhilarating day.

After a well-balanced and delicious breakfast, we made our way by bus to the Sterkfontein Caves (only 10 km away). Our guide asked us to put on our safety helmets and then he took us through the Scientific Exhibition Centre, where the evolution of hominids and the important finds of Mrs Ples, Little Foot and Taung Child were explained. Our learners discussed these finds and there were also some heated debates!

We then made our way to the Sterkfontein Caves. The learners were intrigued and found this part of the tour the most enriching.

We left knowing that we had achieved our goal of educating our learners though an interactive, fun and authentic way.

Category: Spring 2014

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