“We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat” – unknown

Countless boats of education are out there, doing their best to navigate these new and unpredictable waters. Fortunately, as members of the Treverton family, we are in the same boat.

With each crew member restricted to his or her own cabin, the bridge of the Treverton ship is unusually quiet at the moment. Looking over the foredeck, I see the huge peaks and deep troughs created by the unprecedented turbulence – but our ship forges ahead with purpose. The crew is working with energy and zeal – ready for any challenge.

As a small ship, the seas are buffeting us more than some of the bigger ships around us, but our size gives us the advantage of manoeuvrability. We also have an extraordinary crew who are making the personal sacrifices necessary to keep the ship on course.

Despite the fact that our passengers are on shore leave at the moment, the crew maintains daily contact with every one of them, and the learning, relationships, and sense of team remains strong. Each evening at 5pm, the crew meet online for a time of prayer where they pray for each other, the ship, the passengers, their families, and our country. In many ways, life on board goes on even though we are apart – but we eagerly await the day we are all on board again.

Not all ships are the same. This time in our history will highlight this, and reveal each ship for what it is. Our ship is unique, and the crew is different from most. Each crew member has their eyes fixed on God as the compass for our passage. This does not smooth the voyage, but it keeps our course true.

The extraordinary currents and storms we are facing will forever change the way ships like ours navigate the oceans. But our ship was built for adventure, and this excites us! We see tremendous opportunities ahead, and we are already thinking about our ship of the future. We have a highly adaptable vessel, and an innovative and motivated crew. Our mission is to turn the challenges that we face now into opportunities for improvement and innovation.

Although the ride is bumpy, we look forward with anticipation to where this will take us, and we are glad you are in our boat for this adventure.

We wish you a successful week of lockdown learning!

God bless

Kean, John, and the Treverton Team.

I’m sports crazy and woke up on Saturday morning thinking what can I do on this fine Saturday lockdown.  I saw a challenge called “Run withit 24 hour challenge” phoned up Mike Tredway who is part of the organization and a friend, asking him the details and the call ended with “You starting just over an hours time”.

Within the hour I measured a 40m loop through my house suitable for 12 hours of running from 18h00-06h00 up and down the house, negotiating small steps, around corners, and dodging chairs… then the fun and games began with the goal being 2km x 50 times.  Through the night I ran, without sleep, managing 20 minute breaks between each slot as it took 40 minutes to get through the route. Coffee, water, juice and toast was all that was consumed.

What inspired me to continue when I felt tired, was the thought of our doctors in South Africa and around the world whose lives had drastically altered since the Covid-19 outbreak. They are working timelessly around the clock to fight for people.  Surely I could keep going?

When 7am came I able to finish off my last loops in the garden, completing the challenge by 12h00. I am always reminded that we are so blessed to have the lives we do, God is forever consistent and good!

Josh Marsden (Prep Sports Co-ordinator)