An ice-skating trip to Cape Town’s GrandWest Entertainment World has taught a group of Vision AfriKa learners not to give up before they begin due to fear of the unknown.
The majority of Grade 9 students who took part in the evening outing at the start of October had never skated before. As a result, they felt anxious as they did not know what to expect.
One learner even started crying and shaking because she was so afraid. But the facilitators managed to persuade her to put on her boots and give it a go, which she did – still shaking.
Amazingly, after her first time circling the rink with support, she decided to go it alone for her second shot. At the end of the session, she said: “At first I was scared of ice-skating as I’d never done it before. But as time went on, I felt more and more comfortable even without anyone there to help me.”
Another student also discovered that there is no need to “look down on yourself just because you don’t know how to do something”, while a third said: “I learnt to be patient and how to do new things – and I also made some lovely, new friends.”