The CBC Form One Camp ended at 5pm this evening and after a full two days of team building sports and activities – including a 1AM impromptu war cry practice and a pre-dawn run – the only complaint was that it was ending too soon.
At the end of the day today, when asked by Acting Headmaster, Mr K. Muhomba, what they had enjoyed the most, the recurring themes among the boys were the teamwork, getting to know each other and the prefects, and the food.
A jam-packed programme which included rugby skills, a quiz, a talent show, a war cry competition, soccer and basketball and culminated in the grand finale – the tug-of-war – saw Patricians coming in in first place. It was a surprise turn-around for the house which, by the end of the day yesterday, was in last place and, as such, relegated to sleep in the hall while the other houses enjoyed more luxurious accommodation in the hospitality suites and staff cottages.
Other highlights of the programme were an address by Br Kennedy who spoke to the boys about the ethos of Edmund Rice which guides the school’s philosophy, a braai which, for some boys, was their first experience cooking their own meat on the fire and a refreshing swim at the end of the tug-of-war.
Mr G. Nare, who has attended five consecutive Form One Camps, said this year was distinguished by the good behaviour and exemplary discipline of the boys. In addition he praised the prefects and monitors for their co-operation, saying they were very actively involved and easy to work with.
“The Form One Camp is designed to familiarise the Form Ones with their environment at CBC, help them get to know the other Form Ones as well as the prefects and monitors, give them a sense of belonging within the school and make them feel welcome. At the same time its purpose is to establish and develop the boys’ loyalty to the school as a whole and their houses in particular as well as create a culture of working together, and judging by the boys’ enthusiasm and spirit this was achieved.”
– Mr Nare.
Mr Muhomba thanked the staff, prefects and monitors, kitchen and grounds staff and the boys themselves for a highly successful camp and urged them to put into practice the teamwork and other skills learnt from the two day experience.
Our CBC Form One Camp
CBC Media Club ‘newbies’, Stavros Keyhias and Quinton Sithole, report back on the Form One Camp held over the weekend:
After school on March 13 our Form One Camp began; we had six teachers, the Head Boy and a number of prefects and house monitors watching over us and sharing the experience with us.
The first activity of the day was rugby drills which were enjoyable for most of the houses except Patricians who struggled because of their numbers. For the next activity we went to the squash courts for a lecture by the Head Boy, Mr Williams, and prefect, Mr Bhakta, on how to play squash, the rules and techniques. After the lecture we went swimming for about for a hour and then went to shower. When we were done showering we waited patiently for the braai to begin.
We chatted and enjoyed ourselves until the meat arrived and then we started to braai. For some of us this was the first time we had ever braaied our own meat so there were some people whose meat was braaied perfectly, others whose meat was burnt to a crisp and others still who ate raw meat that night.
When we had finished eating we went to the hall for a talk by Br Kennedy on Edmund Rice and the procedures of Mass, followed by a quiz. Then it was time to find out the results of the rugby games so we would know who would be sleeping where. The fourth house at that stage was Patricians so they had to sleep in the hall, second was Andreans and they got the teachers’ cottage and the two winners, Davidians and Georgians, won the prize of sleeping in the accommodation centre.
It felt like no sooner had we drifted off to sleep than we were being woken up to run cross country! But luckily the teachers took pity on us and shortened the route so it would be easier to run. When we got back we all had to shower: if we didn’t shower, we wouldn’t have been allowed to eat. ..and we were all very hungry.
After showering we lined up for breakfast .The breakfast line was long but eventually we all ate. Then we left to go play soccer. To everyone’s amazement, Patricians came from behind to tie in first place with Davidians. From soccer we went for a mid-morning tea break and then it was down to the basketball courts. The competition was getting stiff and everyone was keen to see how it would turn out. Patricians won the basketball challenge so now the race was really on. Mr Williams, the other prefects and even some of the teachers showed off some good basketball skills.
Basketball was followed by practices for a singing competition and, after that, by lunch. The final event of the day was probably the most fun of all: the tug of war. There were cries and protests of cheating but, in the end, everyone gave it their best shot and almost every house had an unexpected dip in the pool when their team lost. By the time all the houses had competed with each other almost everyone was in the pool having a refreshing swim.
The last activity of the camp was the announcement of the winning house by Mr Nare….and it was Patricians. There was a lot of cheering and excitement. This was followed by an address by the headmaster, Mr Muhomba.
Mr Muhomba asked us what we had enjoyed most about the camp and we told him many things, including the swimming, the braai and the teamwork. We also told him we had had such a good time that we didn’t want to go home.
He told us the camp had taught us a valuable lesson about team work and we must remember this when we signed up for sports in the second term.
And so ended a tiring but very fun camp.