Intake 2 2015 Graduate

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Vic Falls By Phil Cox
January 8, 2016
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Welcome’ to our Spring Intake 2015
January 8, 2016

Intake 2 2015 Graduate

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No sooner had we gathered our wits from the first Intake’s graduation, than the second Intake were about to leave us. The lads from both intakes had become part of the fabric of Quest during the last 7 months and it was very hard to see them go. The event took the same format as the first Intake, but this time every Questor was supported by members of their family and / or friends, so it was a very festive, large gathering. During the afternoon the parents had a grand tour around the immediate area as this intake had several projects that required some walking! A talk on a proposed Giraffe re-location Plan was followed by an interesting presentation on an aquaponics project that is up and running. We then went over to the workshop where the almost ready re-conditioned land rover awaited our admiration. All the parents then jumped aboard the trusty over-lander and got a taste of what their sons had experienced many hours of, for a quick trip to the new ‘Anpatros’ (Andy, Patrick and Ross) stable block, and down to the weir to inspect the new shower and toilet built by one of the project groups. The tour ended with a taste of technology when Duggie and Phil explained their project which has been to put up QR codes all around the game park which enables immediate information about the area, history, fauna and flora. An evening around the fire enjoying another sheep on the spit, ended off the day. The start of the actual Graduation was heralded by our resident (no longer) piper, Ross, and as the familiar sounds of ‘Scotland the Brave’, Amazing Grace and even Sarie Marais (sp?) echoed out over the dam, proceedings got under way. Our Guest Speaker was Dr. Gerard Stevenage who spoke to the lads about never giving up on your dream and the importance of perseverance and hard work and a good sense of humour, which is something he knows all about. Andy Laing once again presented the lads with their Graduation Certificates and Anwen Stevenage handed out the special awards. As at the previous graduation, where Debbie Leared handed out the Leared Shield for the Top Overall student, we had Harvey Leared on hand to present this award to our very worthy recipient, Mike Wright. The Citizenship Award went to a Questor who we honestly believe never does anything without considering and helping others, our resident ‘Mother Theresa’, ‘Mom’ and many other nicknames, Andy During. After the ceremony champagne and snacks were enjoyed all round, sad farewells were said and the lads of Intake 2, who had provided us all with so much energy, fun and laughter were gone. The Quest campus was very quiet. We will miss you and hope that you stay in contact.