Stepping back into time…
Cobblestone roads, large banqueting halls, and eerie torture chambers were some of the stops made by the Grade 5 class on Thursday, the 26th August when they visited the Castle of Good Hope. Our tour included a visit to the first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel’s residence, many of the residences of the officials who resided at the Cape as well as some of the slave’s quarters. This visit gave the Grade 5’s a wonderful opportunity to experience what life was like in the 17th century. From beautifully crafted furniture to exquisite paintings decorating the walls and large banqueting halls which could seat up to 100 guests.
One of the highlights of the tour was when our guide switched off the electric lights to give the children a sense of what life was like before electricity. The boys were especially keen to hear about the rifles and cannons used during this historical period and were surprised to find out that some are still in working order.
It was truly an interesting and wonderfully informative day and even the weather played along beautifully giving us some time to take a lunch break in the courtyard. The outing to the Castle of Good Hope gave our students an opportunity not just to see the Castle as another building in Cape Town but as an important historical monument in remembering the past.
" A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots" Marcus Garvey