On the weekend of 1-3 February Oakhill hosted Chesterhouse for a Summer Derby weekend where all Chesterhouse staff and students were hosted and a fun-filled weekend was had by all.
Friday, 1 February
14h30 – 17h00: Inter-schools and Inter-house swimming gala at the Oakhill pool
18h30: Dinner served in the College quad for guests and Oakhill staff and students
18h00 – 19h00: Chess and Debating
19h00 – 20h00: Talent Show
20h00 – 21h00: Minute-to-Win-it
Saturday, 2 February
08h00 – 13h00: Cricket at Abbotts field; Water Polo in the Knysna Quays; Golf at Pezula; Simola or Knysna; Tennis at Loerie Park
13h00 – 16h00: All to meet at Buffalo Bay.
14h00: Girls’ Softball; boys’ 5-a-side Soccer; boys’ and girls’ Volleyball with a bring ‘n braai
17h30: Staff function and free time for students
Sunday, 3 February
10h00: Chesterhouse departs for Cape Town
The swimming gala was a fantastic ice-breaker and the science of the wet T-shirt race will have publication produced shortly and maybe even appear on Discovery Channel. The Talent Show blew everyone out of their seats! The Chess was fiercely competitive with Chesterhouse coming up trumps, together with the Softball. Oakhill may have taken the honours in the rest, but this was not a weekend of results… and needing to win… it was a weekend of having fun, enjoying competition, loving Knysna and its surrounds, networking, seeing how another like-minded school “rolls”, but most importantly forming new friendships that will last for a lifetime.
It was all summed up for me whilst trying to get the Chesterhouse pupils onto their bus to depart – we had to untie them from their hosts… tears galore! When parent hosts say: “When can we do this again?”, then you know, it has been a resounding success.
Thank you to all parents who generously opened their homes, and a special THANK YOU to Chesterhouse for travelling all the way to Knysna to share this special experience with us. A number of our parents were so impressed with the manners and behaviour of the Chesterhouse pupils and this is a credit to a lovely school.
The good news: We will see you in the 3rd term for the Winter Derby weekend in Cape Town.