Notes From The Editor – Voting and Hamburgers.

Notes From The Editor – Voting and Hamburgers.

Two topics to avoid as an editor of a community newsletter is politics and religion. Both of them will get you into trouble, apparently, no matter how right you are, because politics and religion. So, let’s wade in.

What are you going to be doing on Monday 1 November? It looks like it will be a nice day, with some fine weather, maybe a pitter-patter of rain during the late morning. Still, it is a public holiday and an excellent day to be out and about and enjoy this beautiful place that we live in.

Monday 1 November, however, is the day that we all go and vote, and we can vote for whoever we like. It has been a rough time in South Africa since the initial lockdown, and before that, and before that. So maybe this is the time we can try and make some improvements to what we have.

To be part of the solution, however, you do need to cast your vote. It is your right and, dare I say, your duty as a citizen of this country. But, on the other hand, If you abstain from voting, then you’re not helping anyone or anything. In my opinion, and everyone’s got one, if you go on Monday and make your mark, then you are doing your little bit as part of the collective to make a difference, whatever it is.

By voting, you are contributing to the massive melting pot of change. Whatever comes out of these elections, you will be a part of it.

If you don’t vote, then you aren’t allowed to complain. If you want to have the right to complain, then you need to cast your vote. I’m voting so that I can carry on my moaning unchecked for the next few years and feel justified about it all.

There will be no St Francis Today on Monday as we will be down at the voting station from early. See you there!

On a lighter note, the Grade 6 learners at St Francis College will treat the Grade 7’s to a hamburger lunch after completing the Otter Challenge today. It was a big adventure, and they all did so well. The Grade 7’s really are a good bunch of kids, and we wish them all the best for the future.

Grade 7’s in action at the Otter Challenge


Notes From The Editor – 28 October 2021

Notes From The Editor – 28 October 2021

The Otter Challenge Pt 2 

The day started out easy enough. The easterly was up, and it was screaming, but it wasn’t too cold, and the Grade 7 Learners from St Francis College were ready to seize the day on the 2021 Otter Challenge.

First up was the hike. They were heading out from Shore Road, and they had the wind behind them as they headed towards the port. When they arrived, it was a glorious calamari tasting at Chokka Block under the supervision of the amiable owner Clive Canter.  

After that, it was time to pick up their bikes, stored conveniently around the corner, and head on down to the lighthouse. But, again, the going was easy with the wind at their backs, and the whole crew forged ahead.

After visiting the lighthouse, the Otter Challenge campaigner headed back to Shore Road. Still, this time the going was a bit more of a challenge. They all made it back to Otter Challenge HQ, but then the fun started.

It was to be a night of camping, and they were resolute in their insistence to camp. Until the lightning pulled in, the thunder roared, and the clouds burst. Well, not quite a cloudburst, but enough rain to make camping highly unpleasant and very wet. 

If the camping area on Shore Road was in the catchment area, we probably would have got the Kouga dam to above 50% last night. But, unfortunately, it wasn’t. As the kids got swamped under the deluge of rain, it was decided that retreat was the only option. So the campsite was re-established in the lounge area (and wifi was available.)

More on the Otter Challenge tomorrow.

(If you want to have a look at just where the kids have been going, or even if you just want to check out a bird’s eye view of your house, you will be mightily impressed by the new Chas Everitt St Francis Bay website. (You can thank us later.)


St Francis College Otter Challenge

St Francis College Otter Challenge

Paddle training during the week for the grade 7’s.


Over the next few days, the Grade 7 learners at St Francis College will celebrate their final year with the annual Otter Challenge.

The Otter Challenge is a fun two-day event where the pupils embark on a few mini-adventures in St Francis Bay, including hiking, river paddling, cycling, and camping.

It just so happens that today’s first day of their challenge looks pretty grim on paper weather-wise, with a gale-force easterly forecast for most of today. As we all know, the easterly is an onshore wind, so it blows off the ocean and is thick with salt and moisture. Not the best conditions to hike, or cycle, or camp in tents or braai, for that matter.

Knowing the St Francis College kids and teachers, who are all pretty resolute after the challenges they have endured during lockdown (not to mention their parents), they will finish this without a hitch. They’re a tough bunch of people.

Still, if you see a few young cyclists wobbling along on their bikes or hiking doubled-over in determination into the screaming wind, please give them a cheer of support and give them loads of space on the road, please. There are just a few of them, so it won’t be too much trouble at all.

We were all young once, finishing off junior school and getting ready for high school and that massive old world out there. It can be pretty daunting, but it is also a fantastic stage of life and a crucial step in character development. Entering high school sees the initial realisation of inherent potential as high school academics and sports start taking hold. High school is where champions are made.

So we at St Francis Today would like to wish the St Francis College grade 7’s, their school teachers, and those teachers on the Otter Challenge all the best of luck over the next two days. You’ve got this one!