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For most matriculants, it was a once in a lifetime experience; As we often say Treverton gives all round quality education. It is not different when it comes to languages. The itinerary included a trip to the Pavillion – watched a movie in line with their CAT work and film studies. We drove off to The Valley of a Thousand Hills to experience their rich culture. On arrival pupils were offered cold beverages to hydrate themselves before embarking on a 3-hour cultural tour. First stop was a trip to the river where boys were reminded how girls were asked out in the Zulu culture, when they came to fetch water. Next stop was to visit a Sangoma hut to hear all about how the ubizo, the calling, works and who gets affected by such. The last stop was at the Nduna’s house where our pupils were reminded how it works from when a young man from the village reaches manhood/adulthood to finding a fiancé with intentions to marry, being given (land) plot to build a family home.

There was a lot that correlated with our prescribed textbook. We were treated to a scrumptious dinner, slept in tents and enjoyed breakfast in the morning before heading back to Mooi River.

Xoli Mzinyane


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My name is Xoli Mzinyane, I have been with Treverton for a number of years. I am a passionate language teacher who introduced IsiZulu at the College in 2011, after there had been a student in 2010 who struggled to find a teacher. I had one boy in Matric year 2011. It has been pleasing to witness growth in numbers of pupil taking IsiZulu as well as the whole department growth. With the help of former Prep Headmaster Mark Chaperone and Dave Cato (former College Master) who were both eager to venture with me into the unknown allowed me to introduce IsiZulu in 2016 for Grade 6s and Grade 7s at the Prep and those who were in Grade 7 in 2016 are in Matric this year. That is History in the making.
I would describe myself as someone who is charismatic in my teaching approach. The children in my class come alive when they get to class, those who know me knows how deep my voice is but I have no fear of throwing in a chorus in sync with the subject matter as I teach. Pupils are challenged and expected to keep up with the evolving times of technology. My classes has experience broadcasting “live” on their radio station and TV and interviewing prominent members of the society for orals, short stories and novels has been created to mini series and our pupils enjoy editing these and before submission.  For those I have coached and cheered for on the sidelines when playing games, know how loud I can be on the side of the field. If you think Pep Guardiola is dramatic on the side of the field, then you definitely have not met Mrs Emzee as popularly known by the students.
My Hotel experience filters through to the way I teach some content in class. Please see an example of Recipes of African Cuisine done by Okuhle Ntuli (Grade 10).
Though I am not a keen outdoor pursuit person, I have tested my boundaries – going on hikes, excursions and even abseiling. I guess sky is the limit….

Should you wish to chat to Xoli directly, please feel free to contact her via

xmzinyane@treverton.co.za


#thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za