Last week we were privileged to have a group of high school students visiting us from Stedelijk College in Eindhoven. Last October our students visited the Netherlands where they were hosted by some Dutch families, treated like royalty, and shown all the beautiful places and delicious food their country had to offer. Now it was our turn, and Cape Town really came to the party! The Dutch visitors could not get over the natural beauty that we see, and maybe take for granted, every day. Several, including the teachers, said with conviction, “I could live here!”.

Our students said they felt like parents as they made sure their visitor had snacks and knew where to put their bag, or not leave their bag. It was an exceptionally good week weather wise, and we made sure we took them to as many beautiful beaches and mountains as we could pack in. Our majestic Table Mountain made an indelible mark on the students and teachers.

The Dutch students raised R50 000 for a service project at Kleinberg Primary in Ocean View. They spent a morning putting up new whiteboards, cleaning the grounds of the school and playing with the children. Most of the students said that this was the highlight of their trip and they wished they could have stayed longer to play with the girls and boys of Kleinberg Primary.

Well done for an awesome week Silvermine Students. Thank you Stedelijk College for helping us see Cape Town through the eyes of a visitor and reminding us of the beauty which surrounds us!

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