THE YOUNG HIPPOS OF ST AUGUSTINE’S
It was May the 22nd when the Sunday school bible class of St Augustine’s of Hippo from Lotus River went on a camp. The camp was Organised by Green Anglicans with the purpose of teaching the children more about nature and the importance of taking care of our environment. The camp was in False Bay Ecology Park Environmental Centre which is in Zeekovlei/Rondovlei nature reserve, where there are still a few Hippos . The Office organised the camp after Rev Mash saw they wonderful drama the Sunday School performed for her during Season of Creation.
This was a great experience and a wonderful Camp, because we got to see that most of the kids were indeed aware of how to take care of our environment and they were keen on learning other new things. The Camp consisted of the walk to Rondevlei where we learnt more about the history of Hippos and what they do, We also learnt more on how to take care of our wet lands, The team building where children learnt more on how important it is to look out for each other, The Devotions which included a few readings from the bible and the Story of Nature from Ryan The Rhino book, and the wonderful night walk which was a great experience because it also taught the kids on how they can depend on each other as they everybody was grouped in pairs.
After the weekend I must say I learnt a lot from the wonderful Young hippos of St Augustine’s and their teacher. I would like to thank Anwar, Ricardo, John and Zoliswa the staff of the nature reserve for teaching our young people about the importance of nature and lastly let me thank the wonderful Sunday Teachers from St Augustine’s on their job of guiding the Sunday school and making them be aware of Nature. Indeed after that weekend I can confidently say St Augustine’s has produced the Young Hippos (Jaden Berry, Jimmy Patrick, Jaden Messiah) to mention a few. Nature is one of God’s beautiful creations. Through nature, God is able to teach us, speak to us, and provide for us. For this reason we can find scripture that we as humans are called to protect all which is of He has created -Job 12: 7-10