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HIV Presentation

This afternoon we had Mat from the WA AIDS Council come and speak to the tour group about HIV and AIDS which many of the children at Sinethemba and JJ Haven have been exposed to.

Mat was very informative and dispelled many of the myths surrounding HIV and AIDS.


If you wish to find out more information about HIV/AIDS you can visit


Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019 – I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year period.

We are well under the 100 day mark now and things will seem like they are all coming in a rush before we leave. With that in mind, it is time to start checking things off your list:

  • Have you already started any immunisation program you may wish to acquire through your GP or travel nurse?
  • Have you organised a large duffel bag (or 2)?
  • If you are also an Australian citizen AND a South African citizen, do you have a valid passports for both countries (both passports are required for dual citizens)?
  • Have you ensured that there is at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport(s) for AFTER we return from Africa?
  • Have you prepared 2 certified copies of your passport(s) and your unabridged birth certificate?
  • Have you reached the required individual fundraising amount of $750? If so, keep going! 🙂
  • Have you placed a reminder on your personal calendar for the next student and parent meeting (Wednesday, 13th of February)? The student meeting is from 4-5pm in the GPLC and the parent meeting (with students) is from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the GPLC. Attendance for all tour students and at least 1 parent is mandatory, as this is our final meeting as a whole group before we depart.
  • The “Boot Drive” begins this term, so keep an ear out for anyone that might be looking to discard their “pre-loved” boots or sneakers.  We can take all sizes so none will be too big or too small.


We also have an event that Emma Cooke is running on February the 9th (Flyer) and there is a Sausage sizzle at Joondalup Bunnings on Australia Day.  What could be more Australian than going to Bunnings and having a sausage in a bun!  It would be great if you are able to support these events by passing the word around.  Please let us know of any other events that you may be running so that we can promote them.


Mr Thomas

Car Wash

The Great Aussie Car Wash is here!

Tomorrow at the Duncraig campus and Tuesday at Carramar campus.

Feel free to practice on your family’s car this weekend to make sure your skills are up to speed! 🙂


Monday 3rd December – Duncraig

Carramar students to meet at the Gym @8.20am for transport to Duncraig.  Make sure you have your lunch/food for the day. We will return to Carramar by 3pm

Wear PE uniform, hat, sunscreen

Bring any car cleaning equipment that you can borrow from home – buckets, sponges, chamois etc


Tuesday 4th December – Carramar

Duncraig students to meet at student services @8.20am for transport to Carramar.  Make sure you have your lunch/food for the day. We will return to Duncraig by 3pm.  Those students who are involved in presentation evening rehearsals, we will arrange for pick up once you have finished.

Wear PE uniform, hat, sunscreen

Bring any car cleaning equipment that you can borrow from home – buckets, sponges, chamois etc


Here something to get you in the mood….



Movie Night and Languages immersion

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

I have attached the links to the videos that we looked at on Friday night including a clip from the movie where the poem “Invictus” was recited. The poem was one that Nelson Mandela held dear to him during his imprisonment at Robben Island.  Have some fun with your family and friends trying out one of the eleven national languages.


South African National Anthem

Shosholoza – unofficial 2nd anthem

Xhosa language lesson

Basic Afrikaans language lesson

Invictus poem


A reminder that you can bring in any shoes/boots that you have been collecting and we will place them in storage until next year.

Don’t forget the “Great Aussie Car Washes” on the 3rd (Duncraig) and 4th (Carramar) of December – feel free to start encouraging staff members to sign up. Details regarding transport arrangements will be placed on blog in the upcoming week.


Mr Thomas


Invictus Movie and cultural immersion night – Friday November 16th

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Our next get together is a real favourite of mine – the Invictus and cultural immersion night!  This will be held on Friday the 16th of November at the Duncraig campus running from 4pm – 8pm.


The evening will begin with a look at the different languages of South Africa and in particular Afrikaans and Xhosa where we will learn a few common phrases to help us when we are there.

This will be followed by some pizza (and other options) before we settle in to watch the movie Invictus which is set during the time that  apartheid was being dismantled.  The fabulous Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon play the roles of Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar focusing on their critical interaction in the healing process of the South African nation.


The evening will conclude at 8pm.


Keep going with your fundraising activities.  We are hearing some great stories and cant wait to hear you share your experiences on this night.

Don’t forget that we will also be collecting running shoes and football boots as part of our donations.  Start spreading the word.  Last year we took over 200 pairs of shoes!

Mr Thomas

This entry was posted on November 2, 2018. 2 Comments

Reminder – Next instalment due

Good evening everyone

We are hearing some great stories of how people have been or are planning to meet their fundraising targets.  Please let us know of any projects that you are doing and we will promote them through the blog so that people who follow the blog can support you all.


Also a gentle reminder that the second instalment is due this week.  Please use the online link to transfer funds.  With this round of instalments we will now have sufficient funds to begin making payments on our land based activities.  If you have any concerns please contact one of the tour leaders.


Mr Thomas

This entry was posted on October 30, 2018. 2 Comments

Drum for a Cause update

A big congratulations to everyone that supported our “Drum for a Cause” evening on Wednesday night.  The weather was very kind to us and it was great to see everyone have a go at the drumming.  Based on our ticket sales we have raised just over $1500 from the night!  Please pass on our thanks to the many members of your family and friends who supported the event.

There are a few students who haven’t handed in their money yet.  Please arrange to hand in to your tour leader this week or transfer into the online fundraising account.


We have also heard some of the great ideas that people have been coming up with for their personal fundraising.  Where you can, try and include other tour members to help you share the load.


Next up – Car washes and sausage sizzles!

This entry was posted on October 21, 2018. 1 Comment

Tomorrow’s the night!

I hope you are all excited for an enjoyable evening tomorrow night.  The weather looks great and tickets sales have been positive.  We are expecting about 150 people which will be fantastic.

A couple of details for students about tomorrow:

  • You will be picked up @ 3.30pm and transported to Carramar.
  • Your choice of clothes for the evening
  • Don’t forget to deposit your money through the link or hand to one of the tour leaders
  • Bring a salad to share. (Don’t ask your parents to do it!)
  • Let your family and friends know where to park and where we will be located.  It should be easy as the noise of the drums will be pretty easy to locate (see map below)
  • Have a practise at your drumming skills tonight at home in preparation!


See you tomorrow


Mr Thomas

Important – Event Location Change

Due to a conflict of venues, we have made the decision to relocate the Drum for a Cause event.  It will now be held on the Carramar Campus Common.  Arrangements are being made to transport students to Carramar for the event.  We understand that this may be an inconvenience to some, however this decision was not taken lightly.

In addition we have been able to extend the time that the Drummers will be performing.  They will now start at 6pm.


It is a great night of entertainment as can be seen in the video below.


Bang the drum!

Welcome back to school after a couple of weeks holiday.  We hope that you had a restful and enjoyable time.

There is 8 days to go until our first fundraising night – the Drum for a Cause evening.  Hopefully you have been busy promoting the event and selling tickets to family and friends.  It is a really enjoyable night and I am sure that everyone will have a great time.  Remember that all the tickets that are sold by students go to their individual fundraising allocation so push hard over the next week!!

The afternoon will begin with a presentation to the students on the history of South Africa from 4 – 5pm.  We will then begin setting up the tables, chairs and bbqs for the evening.


If you have any queries or need more tickets, please see your Tour Leader.


Mr Thomas