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Thinking Back to the Mafadi Summit Hike – 2018 

Mafadi- The highest point in South Africa (3450m)

February 2018, summer time, long days and warmth meant a weekend of adventure in the Drakensberg Mountains. We left Treverton directly after school on Friday and headed off to Injisuthi. This was the starting point for our Mafadi summit hike, which included three staff members (Mr Derek Brown, Mr Craig Robinson and I) and 5 students.

Leaving the Injisuthi camp at around 4pm meant that we had about 3 hours of light to cover as much distance as we could. We headed up the valley meandering along the Little Tugela River. The river was flowing steadily from all the recent summer rain, before we knew it we could see another afternoon storm brewing in the mountains.

After about 3 hours of walking we found ourselves slightly damp and needing a place to spend the night. We found ourselves an overhanging rock which was not marked on the map, it did the job and we had a pleasant nights rest without getting wet and having to erect our tents. The evening turned out pleasant and we could fall asleep while enjoying some splendid views of the Milky Way.

Saturday morning arrived, the sun was up and we had a big day ahead of us. We departed around 7am and continued up the valley, climbing consistently up heartbreak hill left some students searching for their lungs. After a quick snack break at the derelict Centenary Hut, we headed towards Corner Pass which was where we were going to climb up to the top of the escarpment. Corner Pass is a rather steep gully that requires some serious concentration and even some rock climbing. There were three points where we had to pull our bags up with a rope before climbing up the rope to make headway. After some slow and safe climbing we found ourselves on the escarpment where we had to traverse along the beautiful Trojan Wall towards Mafadi. By this stage we had a group member who was struggling, Mr Brown had to accompany him to a nearby valley where they would spend the night; otherwise we would not make the summit before nightfall. We marched on to Injisuthi summit cave (highest cave in the Drakensberg) where we left our belongings. A few group members were too tired to continue with the remaining 1.5km to the summit, so they started cooking dinner and settling into the cave. Four of us departed for the summit and moved at a rapid rate as nightfall was not far off. We managed to all get to the top and enjoy the setting sun over the Lesotho highlands. At this point in time, there was nobody in South Africa that was situated higher than us, this was a unique feeling that felt rewarding. I carried a Treverton flag and planted it on the summit; a few days later I was educated that it was an old first team rugby flag. However, I managed to get the original manufacturer to design a new one which was used at the first match of the season. The four of us hurried back down to the cave and enjoyed a good night’s rest after an 11 hour day.

Sunday morning embarked on us and we were privileged with a magnificent sunrise peeping over the early morning low lying cloud. Coffee was brewed while some sore bodies exited their sleeping bags. We left the cave at around 7am and backtracked down towards the escarpment and the Trojan Wall. We reunited with the other 2 group members and continued on our descent down Judge Pass. The descent went smoothly and we made some good headway. However, mist rolled in and before we knew it we had missed the contour path and found ourselves a few hundred metres down into the Mtshezana Valley. After our student leader gathered our bearing, we were back on track and soon found ourselves back at the Injisuthi camp at approximately 4pm.

The expedition was approximately 58km with many memories made along the way. This was the first Treverton group that has knowingly summited Mafadi. Well done to Luke McCubbin, Oscar Hapgood, Connor Nicolson, Kieran Roediger and Leighton Hancock for joining the hike. A special mention goes to Oscar Hapgood and Kieran Roediger for summiting Mafadi.

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Mr Travers Pellew (College Sports Co-ordinator)

Throughout this lockdown period, we have all had to live with the uncertainty of not knowing when our lives will start again. Although living in lockdown and not being able to leave the farm, unless necessary, has been a challenge but it has also been the greatest blessing. I have been lucky enough to spend lockdown with my parents, my husband and my two children and I thank God for this blessing every day. I have had to do a lot of things that I never would have seen myself doing and it has been incredibly challenging, without my amazing fellow staff members I would not have coped. I’ve had to work on the farm every day and I’ve had to change my teaching style to suit online school. I have missed the children in my class dearly, and although I have enjoyed our weekly meetings, I can’t wait for schools to re-open so that we may reconnect in person. I would like to thank my grade 4s and their parents for helping me through this challenging time and for doing so well with their online school. #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Mrs Gail Palmer (Grade 4 Teacher)

This picture, a little damaged and with no glass front, is the only picture in the single room of a man in Bruntville, not far from Treverton College.  He worked at Treverton about a decade back before he lost his job. He received this picture from Chris Ackermann, and the pupils in the picture allow it to be dated to around 2008.

It has been lockdown now, and you may have struggled because, if you are a parent, you may have lost your job or suffered reduced income. Alternatively, if you are a pupil, you may have suffered with the sense of uncertainty that comes with knowing that your parents are struggling and may have to send you to another school. But for our friend from Bruntville, this is not a new struggle, because he has not had work for the last 10 years. You may also have struggled because you have not been able to visit extended family, and your social life has been impacted. But for our friend, this is not a new struggle, because he has no extended family. He only has his brother, who shares a second room in the same building. You may also have struggled because you can’t travel like you normally do, and your house has felt claustrophobic. But for our friend, this is not a new struggle, because, apart from never owning a car, he has not been familiar with more than his one room for many years. You may also struggle with the fear of getting COVID-19, or, more realistically, of your grandparents getting it and maybe succumbing to it. While our friend need not worry much about his relatives getting it – they are almost all gone – he will fear it, but that is also because he lives with HIV. So it’s a matter of perspective, and it’s not to say that our friend does not suffer – he does, the difference is that for him, it’s his constant companion

To our friend from Bruntville, the picture of four pupils in a beautiful setting on the Treverton College campus is a window into a happy phase of his life, and it did not take much to make him happy. Chris Ackermann may have forgotten that he gave this picture to our friend from Bruntville, but he has not forgotten that he got it from Chris. The pupils in the picture may have forgotten that this picture was taken – though they may remember if they read this – but, though he forgets their names, he does not forget the pupils.

This man is an example of those who Jesus refers to as ‘The Lowly’. But the lowly are not only in Bruntville. Those who live on the social fringes where you are, are also the lowly. The child who sits on their own at break. The child who is last to be accepted into the groups for a project, or for a mini-rugby/hockey match. The child who is perceived by others to be unattractive, or who comes from a disadvantaged background and is mocked for that. If you are a parent, then the lowly to you are those on the fringes – neglected – at the work place.

Who are you to the lowly? Do you leave the lowly with good memories, such as the memories our friend from Bruntville has when he looks at the picture on his wall? Or are you part of the environment that leaves then on the fringes? Tender hearts are lacking in this world where individuality is celebrated. But never underestimate the power of kindness rooted in your understanding that Christ was himself described as lowly, and associated with the lowly. See what Isaiah writes: “…he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

Of course, Christ himself teaches “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

But beyond the boundaries of Treverton is the reality of that community, Bruntville. Lockdown has given you time, and time can allow you to think, to pray, and to plan. Maybe you have a heart for the lowly?

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Mr Derek Brown (Head of Life Sciences – College)

TREVERTON2C CYCLE CHALLENGE

“If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means that you should do it.” 21-23 October 2016 – A weekend that presented many memorable moments as we embarked on an epic cycling trip from Treverton to Durban.

Mr Derek Brown and I had chatted about this trip and the possibilities of making it happen. It required a bit of planning, but I knew that I could make this adventure materialize. After a bit of pondering on Google Maps there was this rough idea of where we would be exploring and camping over the two nights. That was all that I needed to justify this trip and that we were certainly going to go ahead with it. “If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means that you should do it.” I told myself.

Friday: Treverton to Albert Falls Dam – 76km

We departed Treverton at 1pm and headed towards Currys Post via the Currys Post Road. Our team consisted of 3 staff, 3 students, 1 post matric, 1 parent and 1 driver with a quantum and bike trailer.  We made good ground for the first 2 hours before descending into the Karkloof valley; the fast rolling districts roads in between the Sappi forests were breath-taking. Before we knew it we were surrounded by an elusive afternoon storm. The heavy rain lasted about twenty minutes which left us drenched and covered in mud from head to toe. However, we knew that we would need to keep moving at a steady rate in order to arrive at Albert Falls before nightfall. After cruising on past the Karkloof Country Club we were blessed with an amazing rainbow and late afternoon sunshine to warm us up a bit as we were briskly moving down towards the dam. We arrived at the Albert Falls Dam and made our way to the Bon Accorde Msinsi Resort at around 5:30pm. We were privileged to witness a beautiful sunset and evening to pitch our tents. Some braai meat was cooked and some stories were shared around a bonfire. Everyone knew that Day 2 was going to be a brutal day and a good night’s rest was in order.

Saturday: Albert Falls Dam to Inanda Dam – 99km

Rise and shine at 5am with some coffee and rusks overlooking the dam. We had some breakfast, packed our tents and ensured that all our belongings were loaded into the quantum. We departed at 7am and headed out of the resort and onto the R33 road. We crossed the Umgeni River and realised that this was the river that we will be basing the remainder of our adventure upon. The sun began to rise and we knew that a long day awaited us. We stuck to some of the more prevalent roads which helped us cover some good distance in the first few hours. We descended down towards Cumberland Nature Reserve before heading down into the Umgeni Valley. The beautiful Nagle Dam was next on our radar; we meandered down the river before having a well-deserved snack on the famous dam wall as we gazed towards the dam and the Umgeni River flowing off to the right.

We continued our mission, passing numerous locals and enjoying the sights that arose around every bend. Ensuring that we were still near the river and the odd check of the map meant that we were heading in the right direction. The valley became very hot and the pace slowed down towards lunch time. We had a good bite to eat and hydrated well as we spent about an hour under a tree listening to the river flowing next to us and watching the cattle grazing along the banks.

Picture: L-R – Ben Stiller, Oscar Hapgood, Mr Travers Pellew, Jono Stamatis, Murray Hiscock, Mrs Monica Botha, Mr Wayde Peter & Mr Derek Brown. Photo Credits: Sam Cato (back up vehicle driver) Thanks for supporting us on this challenge.

The afternoon saw us pass the Mfula Store and cross onto the other side of the river where there was a long climb that awaited us. There was somewhat of an overgrown area that provided a hair raising moment as our support vehicle almost got stuck. However, we managed to escape trouble and all regrouped at the top of the climb as we enjoyed the beautiful view of the Inanda Dam below. The map showed us the way and we knew that ‘home’ was in sight. We arrived at the Msinisi Inanda Resort at around 5pm and registered 99km on our speedometers. Some team members rode around the campsite to reach that elusive three figure mark. We set up our tents alongside the dam and enjoyed a warm cup of coffee and a few stories from the day. Another bonfire and braai was enjoyed as there were some very hungry and tired cyclists.

Sunday: Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon Promenade (Durban) – 43km

A relatively relaxed start to the day saw us sipping on early morning coffee and enjoying the sights of birdlife around the dam. There were some aching bodies amongst the team as everyone staggered through the packing and getting the equipment loaded into the vehicle. We knew that a short, predominately downhill day awaited us. We only headed out at around 7:45am and made our way to the dam wall before heading down onto the Inanda Road. This is a scenic road that runs parallel to the Umgeni River, we were moving at a steady rate averaging 20km/h. At about 15km we crossed the river and headed rapidly upwards towards the Qala Quarry before descending down the other side towards Castlehill. After some exploring through the suburbs, we then find ourselves on the M21 road. We followed the M21 road past Springfield Park before finally coming out onto the promenade at Blue Lagoon at around 10:30am. The entire team had accomplished the first ever Treverton2C Cycle Challenge that covered 218km over 3 days. We all had a quick dip in the ocean followed by a well-deserved Wimpy breakfast before heading back to school. We returned to school by 3pm to end another great Treverton weekend adventure.

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Mr Travers Pellew (College Sports Co-ordinator)

“End Meet”

Another online lesson completed… Although I am getting to teach, this is not quite what I had in mind. I have always known I was called to teach. As a much younger version of myself I used to play school all… the… time. My poor cousins were so over it. When they stopped joining in, my teddy bears and dolls would sit diligently through hours of Spelling and Maths lessons. And so started the road to a career that is so much more than a meal ticket.

I have taught in some challenging schools, with up to 60 pupils crowded in a class to hear how Probability works, and then finally God lead me to Treverton. From the moment I arrived here my heart knew that this is a very special place.

In the last 3 years and 5 months I have grown to be quite fond of so many of YOU, pupils both past and present. It is rather a challenge to put words to the emotions I feel, when the time comes to send you all into the BIG WORLD out there. You might not know this, but you become a part of who I am. There are moments when a day simmers to a quiet lull and you are a thought that flutters into my mind. These moments have been sparse in the last while, as I have seldom found even a moment to think in a busy day. Perhaps this was a much needed reset for me to find a time to truly stop and BREATHE…

I was quite comfortable with all the world around me until the lockdown and suddenly I had to take stock of everything I had thought to be “normal”. One of the strangest things to have occurred is that I have never really been distracted by the traffic on the main road outside the school, but since there are no sounds of children on campus this has become so much louder and obvious. It is rather annoying. I miss all of you popping past my class when I sit there working in the afternoons. Quite honestly I have avoided going to my classroom because it does not feel “normal” for the school buildings to be without YOU in them.

The irony is that most of the people I was surrounded by in my younger days would think it “abnormal” that I surround myself with my students; yet YOU not being here is totally “abnormal” to me. I long for your news and smiling faces every day.

Lockdown has really messed with my brain… I can now attest that sunlight dish liquid should not be put in a dishwasher… It results in a very foamy floor wash as it bellows out of your dishwasher… Proof that YOU are what keeps me sane.

A school is nothing more than a random collection of buildings, when the people are not there to fill it. I did not ever intend to sit talking to my computer all day, my internal RAM is taking strain. YOU are missed… See you all soon. #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Mrs Theresa Nel (Head of Junior Academics, Maths Literacy and Grade 8)

Teaching during this lockdown period has brought a new appreciation to the importance of school. We are lucky enough to have the means to continue with our syllabus but it is evident that the classroom is an ideal learning environment.

Some learners find the online learning process exciting and they flourish, while for others it is an extremely daunting experience. When a student has a sound knowledge of the subject matter they are able to work independently and with little stress, but when new concepts are introduced some might feel overwhelmed and need that extra support. In a classroom situation, learners have the ability to ask questions freely and know that they will get the help that they require. That face-to-face contact and time spent together ‘tackling’ a challenging concept is not the same as trying to explain via tests or video meetings. Some learners do not reach out and seek the help that they need when learning online as they feel that it is their responsibility to teach themselves. There are many new skills that have had to be developed while trying to continue to get through the work that has been set.

As a teacher, this has been a roller-coaster experience. At times it has felt quite overwhelming but then fellow staff members step in and offer advice or tools that they have found to make the process a little bit easier. With each week that passes, I feel as if I have grown in my own abilities and developed a few new teaching skills.

While online learning has its benefits and integrating technology into the learning process is important, it can never replace the warmth and experiences gained in a classroom. Seeing the smiles on my pupils faces, being able to laugh together and create new memories is something that I will never take for granted. I look forward to the days when we can be together again.  #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Miss Carly Smith (Grade 7 Teacher)

Lockdown, LOCKDOWN!  A scary, somewhat terrifying thought, I felt unsteady emotionally at the announcement that we were to stay at home for an indefinite period of time and to take it very seriously.  However, I soon realised the blessing that this has meant for me, personally.  I was at home in the place that I love being in, my safe spot, my haven.  I could spend time doing things I usually put off, I could work in the garden, I got to spend special times with my older son, Pete, who had come to stay with us from Johannesburg for Lockdown.  In short, I thanked God for this time of peace and tranquility in the midst of all the doubt and tension around me.   Then the end of the holiday period arrived, and I began frantically to prepare for the start-up of the new term in a much different way, distance learning via emails to parents, videos and WhatsApp chats.  To say that I got myself in a spin would be an understatement.  I doubted myself hugely, was convinced I couldn’t do it, was sure the Grade R parents might not feel their children’s learning needs would be met.  And yet I started the term, along with all the other Prep teachers, and with the Lord’s help through daily prayer and petition to help me, I began to get into the routine and swing of doing things differently.  There is still a special connection between myself and the Grade R children, and we enjoy sending each other videos, photos and chatting now and then about our activities through the week.  However, the connection is keener, because we miss each other and realise the value of our relationship through not seeing each other.  Each video or message that comes to our phones to or from one another is a moment of excitement and connection.  This Lockdown has brought with it many blessings, including personal growth, for which I will be eternally thankful.

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Mrs Linda Reynolds (Grade R Teacher)

LOCKDOWN!! Never in my life, could I have imagined myself experiencing a pandemic, which HALTED the world so rapidly. It came suddenly and it hit HARD! Initially I felt confused, imprisoned and uncertain about the future…. As time goes on, I realise that this is God’s way to say…”Be still my child and acknowledge that I am the Lord. Trust in Me and set aside your own little plans for the future.” Giving piano lessons over a little cellphone was unthinkable, but it WORKS! I am just gaining more and more.. building closer relationships with the children, and parents too! Many parents know now what piano tutoring involves and the best part…. they are willing to sacrifice their cellphones for a lesson. What I have come to realise is self-discipline and encouragement are wonderful keys to success. I am proud of being a Trevertonian and BRAVO to the headmaster, staff, pupils and parents in our school! #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Ms Monica Hundt (Music – Prep)

Be prepared to be touched! I firmly believe that language can never express the full “Treverton experience.” Behind the entrance gate lies a hidden gem, interwoven with immense natural beauty, a caring, unified, closely-knit community, and a constant awareness of God’s sovereign splendour. And yet, Treverton encompasses even more… Spectacularly florid orange sunrises introduce warm, blithe days. The aroma of coffee fills the crisp early morning air as I cast my eye contently across luscious green fields. In the distance the majestic hills stretch far beyond the limitless horizon. This place, where time stands still – where silence is audible, where man and Nature cohabitate in perfect unison and one is inspired to stop –  take it all in!

Yet, as if by magic, the aforementioned is but the tip of the iceberg, as in Treverton I have found so, so much more. Here, pupils are empowered to be the very best they can be, inspired to discover their innermost potential and worth. Life is celebrated to the full. Each individual is recognised for his own talents, uniqueness and God given authenticity. The whole child is developed. Education is holistic, activities varied. We revel in academics, literature, culture, poetry, art, environmental science, language, music, physical education and the dramatic arts. We are one, inextricably linked by the fibres of our being – unified by our love for God, care for each other and our respect for our unique planet, Earth. Highly skilled staff, committed adults passionately love and support the young individuals entrusted to them. The Equestrian Centre and Wildlife Reserve steals your breath from your chest, whilst the dam and canoe-club ensure hours of fun, togetherness and a sense of belonging. The spirit of the children is catching and their sense of unity and togetherness, humbling.

Treverton is more than the boarding houses overflowing with love, more than the sports fields bursting with activity, more than the state of the art theatre hosting incredible talent, more than the bustling squash courts, well-equipped classrooms, challenging rock climbing walls, busy gym and the beautiful chapel. It’s a place of solace, a brushstroke on the canvas of the stunning Drakensberg. A playground where barefoot children and teens can skip through grass under the watchful eyes of arching rainbows. Here unlimited stars bedeck the humid, African sky.

Be prepared for the unexpected, be prepared to be surprised – be prepared to be touched!

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Ms Elmarie Vosloo (Drama – College)

How has lockdown been for me? What are my impressions? Someone suggested to me that I approach this from the angle of adventure and in some ways I can, but I am not going to use this as an opportunity to tell you an adventure story…you can wait for that as its best done in person.

I have not suffered during this lockdown, and I am including from anxiety. I cannot pretend that the lockdown has impacted me in the same way as it has impacted millions of the poorest members of society. I have not had to wonder about money or food running out. While it might be true to say that I would be foolish to think that my job is secure, I also don’t have to worry about that in the same way as many people who almost certainly will lose theirs through the impact this has had on small and medium-sized businesses country-wide.

Rather, during a time like this, I see it as an opportunity to shift focus to other areas. For many of us, work dominates a major part of our lives and we struggle to balance other areas that should be as or more important.  Importantly, this includes family. I have had the opportunity to spend more time with my wife, Kate, and my daughter Micaela, than ever before because I am basically always at home. These times when Micaela is growing up pass quickly, and they cannot be relived. They are developmental times, and it is really special to see those changes as she faces the challenges of walking and working towards her first words. They are times to be relaxed, to talk, and to just be around one-another.

This also includes time to just catch up with things that you put off because you are busy elsewhere with work. You may catch up with your hobbies, or you may develop a new hobby or skill. You may even look at this as a time to consider your goals. You are living in an increasingly competitive world that you will be stepping out into in the next couple of years. Do you have goals? Are you well equipped with the right skills? Do you even know what skills are needed? There is nothing stopping you from taking stock and considering what goals you really have. And what skills you could need. Can you achieve any of those skills from home? Chances are, many skills can be worked towards from home if you use the internet, especially the YouTube platform to guide yourself.

But what if your goals are sports related as well? You have been encouraged to take part in sports-related activity during the lockdown period, but your response may have been something like…’there is no real point because there is no astro around, no team-mates, and there are no fixtures’. True. But personal skills are part of the deal, and when you emerge from the tunnel of lockdown into the light, you will play. To use hockey as the example, the best players are:

  • Agile
  • Fast
  • Have stamina
  • Have good ball skills
  • Have refined their position but are useful elsewhere
  • Conditioned against injury
  • Have a sense for group tactics
  • Have a sense for team spirit on and off the field

My bet is that no one ticks all those boxes. But the best player can work towards ticking a box or boxes that they know need ticking. So why don’t you? You can work at many of these in your home or in your yard. I have a niggling injury that was affecting my kayaking last term. The lockdown provided an opportunity to rest and to see if I could work at rehabilitating it. That is not time wasted.

To use an analogy from adventure…the time taken waiting in a tent for a storm to pass is not time wasted. For one, it is wise and safe, but it is also a time of physical and mental recovery, and a time to plan ahead in such a way as to increase the chance of achieving your goal. So, again, what are your goals?

But above all, lockdown can be likened to a wilderness experience. Biblically, it would seem that a wilderness experience is important. Instant social gratification is removed. We see Moses spending 40 days on Mount Sinai, we see Elijah having a wilderness experience at Horeb for 40 days, and we see Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days as well. Well, as I write this, we are not far from our own proverbial 40 days.

But the purpose of these three examples of wilderness experiences was to spend more time with God, often at a pivotal time in their lives. COVID-19 is not really in the hands of man. If it was there would not be any COVID-19. Any control of COVID-19 has been through that which God has blessed us with anyway, and what I mean by that is that, as an example, the immune systems of the survivors of COVID-19 are a gift from God – no man made your immune system. And that is a small example. Do you see COVID-19 as part of a world fallen in sin? Do you see the need for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the face of the enormity of sin? Concerning the 200 000 deaths due to COVID-19, have you thought about where these people have gone…. where are their souls?

The point is this: Who is God to you in your lockdown period? Have you read his word? Have you prayed? For yourself, for your friends, for the poor, and for your leaders? Have you prayed for Treverton and especially your headmaster who has had to navigate a very difficult scenario?

This is a great opportunity for that kind of connection. We, as the staff, have been able to meet for prayer every day at 5:00pm. And what a wonderful thing that is. You could do much the same.

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Mr Derek Brown (Head of Life Sciences – College)

Skulking. That’s what I was doing. Sitting in the car, watching the long line of socially distanced shoppers outside Shoprite, praying that it would get shorter. I wanted it to get shorter so that I could hide inside my big, sweat-making ski-jacket (okay, I’ve never been ski-ing, and it’s just the outer jacket, bought per kg from the secondhand clothing store years ago), and behind my face mask and my glasses to brave the new world outside my safety net. This was my second of three shop stops on day 32 of lockdown.

My pre-washed shopping bags, purse and phone at the ready, I sanitised my hands and donned the jacket and mask. Oops. The mask was upside down! Giggling, with no one to share the moment (how I miss my colleagues and our laughing), I accepted the complimentary hand sanitiser at the door (double dosing, yes!), grabbed a trolley, wiped it down and headed down the aisles. I suspiciously eyed anyone who came too close to me, especially those not wearing masks. And then I thought of those folks who have to do the shopping run in places like Durban, Cape Town and Gauteng, the epicenters of this covert Covid-19. And I felt safe in my Mooi River cocoon.

My previous stop had been at PK’s in top town, who deliver the yummy baked items in their vans to Treverton so often. I wondered how many people know it stands for Prince Kamboli? And I wondered how they were managing without our big orders. As I was paying for my goods, someone bumped into my posterior, deliberately I knew. I tried to ignore it, but BUMP, there it was again. I turned around to give whoever it was my best Sr Peter disapproving stare. It was Gloria Buthelezi!! My friend and colleague, who I have not seen since lockdown started. Such joy and laughter, followed by a reaching out; a stopping. “Oh no, I can’t hug you!” Another reality check.

Last stop. The Mooi River Mall, to Pick ‘n Pay. Distancing is strict here – no one is allowed into the store without one of the big trolleys, and at all times you have to keep it between yourself and the other customers. Some quite interesting dancing in the aisles is required to maintain this as best as possible! On the way in and out of the mall, I saw two other members of the Treverton community. I discussed masks and disinfectants with one and gave some minor medical advice to the other. Who knows when we will meet again? Skulking. That’s what I do. In the background when my husband teaches, I hope to catch the sound of the voices as pupils greet him or ask questions. Once, I dared to interrupt and said, “I miss you, Max”. There are so many new realities we will have to deal with when we eventually see each other face-to-face. But the blessing of being together as a community at last will be worth the weird and wacky new ways.
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Sr Adie Peter (College Nursing Sister)

Living in Mooi River, under lockdown level 4, we are not in a position to order food deliveries as in the big cities. However, as a community, we enjoyed supper on Sunday evening, apart but together with a Potjie and Pancake Supper Drive-Thru. #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Su Huggett (Head of Marketing)