Lighting the Path to Leadership: The Grade 11 Leadership Camp at Wortelgat

The Grade 11 pupils of Cannons Creek, matric class of 2024, demonstrated their potential for leadership, creativity and unity during their annual leadership development camp. Held at the beautiful Wortelgat campsite, outside the charming town of Stanford near Hermanus, the weekend was chock-full of engaging activities, deep conversations and, of course, memorable meals.

Our adventure began with a delightful lunch stop at Peregrine Farm Stall. Famous for its delicious homemade treats, this scenic pit stop was the perfect start to our journey, setting the tone for the fun-filled and educational weekend that lay ahead.

Arriving at Wortelgat, we were greeted by the breath-taking views that would be ours to enjoy for the next two days. A four kilometre-walk to the beach gave us a chance to truly appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. The sun was slowly setting over the ocean, painting a peaceful scene as we walked with feet encountering the cool dune sand.

After the students claimed their dorms and refreshed themselves, we convened for our first session. The topic was a crucial one – what it means to be a senior pupil at Cannons Creek. The lights may have gone out at 22:00, but the vibrant ideas and insightful discussions lingered in our minds as we drifted off to sleep.

We were treated to delicious meals, and Saturday breakfast was no exception.  The caterers outdid themselves with scrumptious French toast and Ms Bartosch had a variety of snacks that had everyone coming back for more.

After breakfast, the pupils had their first banner-making session, encouraging them to dive deep into their core values and reflect on what they would stand for as next year’s leaders. This introspective session was balanced with an array of outdoor team-building and problem-solving activities, instilling the day with a spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the canoeing on the lagoon. The stunning backdrop with its sheer mountains, the cool water beneath, and the unity of the group, as they paddled together, is a memory that will last a lifetime.

We delved deeper into the essence of leadership, exploring topics such as trustworthy leadership and the intricate dynamics between leaders and followers in subsequent sessions.

Saturday evening was a testament to the grace and humour of our pupils. The boys, adorned in their ties, humorously navigated their boerewors and braaied chicken during our dinner (with its formal attire required): a sight to behold.

Sunday morning started on a creative note, with another banner-making session, followed by group singing and dancing activities. The energy and unity in these activities encapsulated the spirit of the weekend fittingly.

As we bade farewell to Wortelgat, we did so with pride, appreciation and anticipation. The Grade 11s have shown themselves to be capable of wonderful things, and we eagerly await their leadership in 2024. Thank you, Grade 11s, for a weekend filled with laughter, learning and limitless potential. Here’s to you, the future leaders of Cannons Creek.

– Mr Billy Palk, HOD: FET Phase

Read more about Leadership at Cannons, here.