Getting Down To Business
By Karl Reiger
Kicking off with corporal punishment, last week proved to be a lot more exciting than anticipated. With a business course, project planning, horse riding and a Toastmaster’s evening the boys had plenty to do!
After coming back from Hwange and Cawston on Monday and with little rest from endless nights by the fire, 12 of this year‘s intake found themselves at the bottom of ‘Hangover Hill’. Looking up at this mighty ascent even the bravest of them trembled in fear of what was to come. With nervous muscles twitching and the bricks in their backpacks weighing them down they set off. Up and down, and up and down, and up and down… an endless ordeal. Under the careful eyes of our facilitators who waited at the foot and top of this mighty hill it was ensured that each and every one was humbled by the steep slope. However, the brave men pushed through and with the Iron Will that we are taught at Quest they all finished in the end…….. I myself must confess that I wasn’t one of those running up and down the hill, this detailed knowledge of events I gained by watching from afar, with a pair of binoculars, sitting on my chair and warming up in the evening sun. A little unfair, I know
Well rested, though some a little sore, Tuesday morning was we got down to the real business, quite literally. Having completed our course on financial literacy last term we were able to build on that foundation with the help of Mrs Chivasa who took us through financial management, marketing, profit margins and lots more. Of greatest value however was the fact that the course had been built around our projects. We were thus able to make big leaps forward in planning, financing and organising our ideas. All that’s left now is getting the necessary funding next week and the building afterwards.
To ease the mind and give it the range of different activities it needs, the week was filled with activities outside the business course: Thursday night was our second Toastmasters; an evening where the boys practice their public speaking in a formal environment up at Mr and Mrs Randle’s house. Topics of debates included the importance of reading both fiction and non-fiction as well as gender roles in our society. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday the boys had the chance to go horse riding. With some improving steadily and others still learning the basics, it can’t be denied that these rides are always great fun. Getting close to the zebra and impala, moving below the long necks of the giraffes that tower above the bush is very hard to top…. Yet Mrs Randle came up with a brilliant plan to do just that. With a cold beer or glass of wine she took us up onto Hangover Hill where the Questors were able to watch the sun set and the full moon rise in a very different set of circumstances than they did on Monday!
With a fun Saturday night and a very relaxed Sunday we had an almost perfect weekend if it weren’t for the monkeys that raided our kitchen for eggs. All in all, a very enjoyable week at Quest!