Over the past few weeks I have reminisced over the collection of memories and special moments that I have been blessed with at Treverton. The more I have pondered about it, more epic adventures and special moments come to mind. I want to share these memories with all Trevertonians and others who are fond of the school called Treverton. What a privilege it is to be a part of such a special community and work place. Personally, I don’t have a clue where to start as the more I reminisce the greater the memories and joy it brings me. I have experienced a manifold of experiences on trips and expeditions that we have embarked on over the past few years. However, I am going to start by celebrating Treverton itself. I enjoy embarking on micro adventures around campus to capture and witness some of those perfect moments. I have decided that am going to share with you my Seven Wonders of Treverton to celebrate such a special 270 hectare campus.
The ‘Giant’ view
Yes! That view of the Giant is incredible! Rushing up to the viewpoint by the pool and witnessing the array of colours while the sun sets over the Giants Castle mountain range or a brisk walk up to the viewpoint to inspect for any possible snow on the peaks. On the other side we are privileged to have such a majestic view over the College side of the campus.
The Koppie and Wild Life Area
At Treverton we are privileged to have a wild life area that is home to many different plant and animal species. It also boasts some prime landscape to embark on trail running missions that leave you feeling fulfilled and distressed upon your return. On the wild life area there is this somewhat of a koppie or big hill, many students will refer to it as a mountain. The summit of the koppie is the highest point on campus and boasts a 360 degree view of the Midlands and the Drakensberg in the distance. The walk/run to the top of the koppie elevates your heart rate and ensures that you break out into a sweat, while enjoying the company of herds of zebra and buck species surrounding you. The top brings you a sense of achievement and satisfaction that is often accompanied by spectacular views for either a sunrise or sunset coffee. I introduced the ‘Treverton Koppie Climb’ that takes you up and down the koppie in a personally timed effort in which everyone can enjoy the challenge together.
The Treverton dam is somewhat a hub for activity on a warm summer day, with the renowned zip line operating in full force. The spectacular surroundings that change through the seasons are what make your view completely different each time. Taking an early evening paddle, casting a line or two hoping for that elusive trout to bite and watching the sunrise from the jetty are moments that bring peace in the simplicity and tranquility of such a diverse campus.
In April and May the campus gloats extreme levels of beauty with multiple shades of orange, yellow and brown leaves that fall from the oak trees. These colours bring joy before the forbidding winter and the frosty daybreaks. Highlights are the toasty days where you can wear a jersey and enjoy the midday sun that keeps you mellow inside. Founder’s day is usually a typical day that celebrates this season and our school.
Treverton sure does get cold and those who have done polar bear on a frosty morning have felt this first hand. Crackling of the frost as you stumble along to the jetty to then embark on a body numbing escapade, and then feeling that satisfaction of a hot shower (often just a bit longer than your usual shower) on your skin is a feeling that is hard to put into words. The walk to breakfast with ice particles covering the ground, your nose and fingers throbbing, and your warm breath meets with the crisp air and you see how far the steam can float ahead of you. The toasty dining room and cup of coffee beckons as you enjoy the winter wonderland views in between your beanie and scarf.
How many schools can say that they have an airstrip on campus? The view of the tiny pink and white cosmos flowers blooming in the summer months while planes come in to land in between the spraying of crops is very unique. There is always an audience with the wildlife and horses observing from a distance. Often, early morning mist, or the odd zebra crossing may delay take off.
Whatever is good for your soul, do that!
Travers Pellew (College Sports Co-ordinator)