A Scholarship Grade 8 Development Camp was held between 20 -23 April in Grabouw, Western Camp, and was attended by 40 Allan Gray Scholars from all over South Africa. The camp was themed “Me and My Context”, with the aim of assisting the Scholars to form a better understanding of themselves within their unique contexts. This objective was specifically significant given that it was the Scholars first year in high school.
The purpose of the camp was to assist them with this transition into high school, by broadening their mindsets to allow them to better engage with opportunities that came their way within the school environment.
Camp activities consisted of the following:
- Study skills: In view of the importance of academic excellence, the Foundation deliberately made use of every opportunity to empower the Scholars with effective study skills and methods.
- Diversity appreciation: Various activities encouraged the Scholars to embrace, celebrate and have respect for diverse cultures and beliefs. They were taught to appreciate the uniqueness of themselves and others.
- Future Planning: The Scholars were tasked with writing a letter to their future selves. The intention was to enable the Scholars to envision the path into their futures, through projecting and visioning the successes that lie ahead. This allowed Scholars to look beyond their current realities and set themselves goals for the future.
The Scholars left the camp with confidence and a deeper understanding of who they are. The Scholars were equipped with the necessary tools to tackle the year that lies ahead of them – they are now able to be more focused to work towards achieving their academic, extramural or personal development goals.