Miss Angola South Africa 2010

EC Cape Town’s very own beautiful Jessica Ferraz from Angola, was crowned Miss Angola South Africa at the Italian Club in Johannesburg on the 2 October. Congratulations Jessica!!

This Friday: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Half Day tour- leaves 13h00 from EC Only R80- (Entrance Fees- Adults: R37, Students with card: R25). Book at reception Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora. Kirstenbosch displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape Flora, as well as plants from all the diverse regions of southern Africa. There are over 7000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species. Grab a delectable picnic hamper from the restaurant to enjoy in the spectacular surroundings.

Premiere of ‘Another Day, Another Dollar’

On Friday the premiere of ‘Another Day, Another Dollar’ was held at school and was thoroughly enjoyed by students! The film- about a Japanese student being kidnapped by two teachers-  is directed by teacher Anya and stars EC students! For a copy of the DVD please speak to Anya.

This Wednesday: Spier Wine Estate

Half Day tour- includes a visit to Spier Wine Estate, the Cheetah Outreach facility for a personal encounter with hand raised cheetahs and the chance to see rare White Lions Only R250- book at reception Spier is one of Stellenbosch winelands’ most celebrated destinations. This picturesque wine estate boasts African-themed restaurants, tasting of award-winning wines, picnics, markets, horse-riding and the Eagle Encounters raptor centre. It is a total experience founded on a sustainable development plan. Spier has also made land available to a group of hand-raised cheetahs in the care of the Cheetah Outreach Programme. Learn more about these incredible cats from a distance, or get up close and personal and even step inside an enclosure! An optional stop (R65) at the Cape Town Lion Park to see the rare White Lion for a unique educational experience can also be taken

TEFL Part-time Course

Teaching English as a foreign language is one of the best ways to travel and experience other countries and cultures!   With a TEFL certificate in hand you have the potential to work in almost any country you want to travel to, with some destinations also being quite lucrative!  EC Cape Town’s teacher training fully prepares trainee teachers for both the practical and theoretical sides of their new career. The next part-time starts this Saturday 16 October Book your place today! Enrol by emailing claudiamazuhelli@ecenglish.com or calling +27 (0) 21 422 4111 to request an application form

Football Tournament

On 2 October the latest football tournament was held- this time with  a surprise guest, teacher Bronlyn’s English Bulldog! Check out the pics below:

This weekend: Wine tour, Seal Island boat trip & Rugby match live!

Full Day tour- includes a visit to a wine estate, Seal Island Boat trip & watching a rugby match live Only R350 (excl lunch)- book at reception We take a drive along the scenic Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, where we take a hair raising boat trip to Seal Island.  After exploring Hout Bay harbour we make our way to the oldest wine estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia, for a wine tasting and cellar tour.  After a hearty pub lunch in one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town, we then head to Newlands Rugby Stadium to watch a crucial rugby Currie Cup match!

Experiencing Township Life

Last weekend students Rosa, Okyar, Rebeca, Juliana and Valentin joined Cor on a township home stay in the beautiful township of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch. “Kayamandi is a suburb just outside Stellenbosch, with a population of about 30 000, generally made up of people who came from the rural areas of South Africa (and even other African countries) in search of work and a better future for themselves and their families. The settlement was established in 1941 and was always characterised by severe material poverty.  Though improvements have been made in the last decade, informal settlements still dominate Kayamandi and the absence of parks, playgrounds, shops and social services is evident.” (From Bridge the Divide website). Cor used to be a teacher at Kayamandi High School and has been involved in the community since 2005. Thus, he decided to take a couple of EC students to experience the real township life by organising a home stay at friends. He arranged a true Xhosa-style party on Saturday night- complete with DJ and Xhosa-style barbeque. It gave students the opportunity to meet and interact with local people from the township. They were welcomed in Kayamandi with open arms as the children came running towards them and experienced true African hospitality as the people opened their homes (and hearts) to their visitors. Apart from having fun and enjoying good food and music, students were also exposed to the difficulties and hardships of township life. The mini-tour of the township on Sunday morning gave them a unique glimpse of what life in the township is really like. Jimmy, one of the hosts, is a potter and has been in this business for the last 35 years. On Sunday he decided that it was time to take out his spinning wheel and to give everybody a chance to … Read more