Visit to the Langa Township by Henry McCarthy.
On Friday, 1st April 29 Year 7 and 8 Lochinver House boys, joined by another 6 from St Hugh's set of for a 15 night trip of a lifetime to South Africa. In addition to plenty of sightseeing, game drives and fun in the sun, the boys played in 5 rugby matches, the highlight of which was undoubtedly playing a development side from Langa Township, just outside Capetown.
Henry McCarthy, Year 7, wrote of his experience:
After an exhausting, exhilirating and physically demanding rugby match, played barefoot against the Langa team we made our way to a small shebeen restaurant named Sheila's. This lunch was the first ever that we would have with the Langa boys on the South African Rugby Tour so we were extremely privileged to be a part of it. We all entered the petite, homely restaurant and then sat opposite one of the Langa boys. The owner, Sheila, gave us an amusing explanation of how to greet in xhosa!
We were all starving after the tiring match and a banquet awaited us. In the meantime, we enjoyed a great drumming performance and we could all feel the vibrations reverberating around the room. The food was spectacular, we discussed rugby positions, moves and tactics while we were dining on the delicious food.
While we were eating, we thought it would be a good idea to give out the various gifts we had for the Langa boys. We all started to hand them the gifts we had brought from home such as trainers, cricket t-shirts and much more. It was brilliant to see their faces light up with joy as if a magic spell had been cast over them. We all loved this experience because of how considerate, grateful and sociable the Langa boys were.