The Class 10s were feeling bereft of not having a Parsival Main Lesson next year due to the closure of the High School. Since they are of the most kind-hearted, wise young people I have had the privilege of teaching we decided to undertake this 13th century grail legend that tells of a young knight setting out to fulfill his destiny. The students were knighted and swore to uphold a Code of Conduct which they drew up for themselves.
We climbed beautiful Skeleton Gorge and had the great privilege of sleeping atop Table Mountain where they composed the following poems:
And the green grass
Beside the red mountain
I am a pink sunset
The green and yellow grass
I am soft blues freshness and cold winds
I am the tall trees
I am the towering mountains
I am cracked lips, peachy colours and soft fabrics
I am the sound of the wind rushing through the mountains and trees
I am golden
I am purple flowers, the warm earth and the soft glow of burning candles
Upon return we discussed the deeper meaning of the story and how to live a good life rich in meaning. The students reflected on lessons learned during the journey and through the story:
My Grail moment was when I realised that if I quit …what would that say about the person I will become in the future, if I quit every time the going gets tough? This kept me going for the whole journey.
I feel the wind all around me
As the last sun takes my hand
Along the sand and alone
I’m taken home
Blessings on your journeys you beautiful souls.
by Charisse Louw