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From the desk of Mr David Bolton Event Co-ordinator


On the 30th of May, the adventurous Grade 5 students from Summerhill Preparatory School embarked on a captivating outing to the Origins Museum, nestled within the campus of Wits University. Little did they know that this journey would take them deep into the roots of humanity while immersing them in the rich cultural heritage of the San and Khoi communities.

As the students stepped foot into the Origins Museum, they were instantly greeted by a tapestry of vibrant exhibits, each one a gateway into the captivating history and culture of the San and Khoi people. The air was filled with anticipation as they embarked on a remarkable exploration, brimming with knowledge and awe-inspiring discoveries.

The exhibits gracefully showcased the profound connection the San and Khoi communities have with the land. The students were captivated by the displays that unveiled the communities’ sustainable hunting and gathering practices, revealing a harmonious relationship with nature that has stood the test of time. The profound wisdom embedded within their time-honoured traditions was showcased, providing a glimpse into a world brimming with spiritual beliefs, medicinal plant knowledge, and a deep understanding of the natural world.

Through interactive presentations, the students had the unique opportunity to witness the remarkable resilience of these indigenous communities. They were able to immerse themselves in the stories and teachings passed down from generation to generation, gaining a newfound appreciation for the wisdom that has sustained these communities for centuries.

The outing to the Origins Museum did not end with the students’ departure from its captivating halls. It left an indelible impression on their young minds, igniting a fire within them to become advocates for cultural preservation, respect, and inclusivity in their own lives and communities. They realized the immense value of honouring and celebrating diverse cultures, recognising that by doing so, they contribute to a more harmonious and interconnected world.

With their hearts brimming with newfound knowledge and appreciation, the Grade 5 students returned to Summerhill Preparatory School, ready to share their experiences with their classmates, teachers, and families. They eagerly took on the role of ambassadors for cultural understanding and unity, spreading the message of preserving and embracing the beautiful tapestry of humanity that enriches our world.

The outing to the Origins Museum was not just a trip, but a transformative experience. It sparked curiosity, compassion, and a sense of responsibility in the hearts of these young explorers, reminding them of the importance of cherishing our shared human heritage.

As they continue on their educational journey, the Grade 5 students of Summerhill Preparatory School carry with them the lessons learned and the inspiration gained from the Origins Museum. They are ready to create a future that embraces diversity, respects cultural traditions, and fosters a deep sense of unity among all people.