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Heritage Day with CBN

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Pre-school visit to CBN & CLLP

Q: When a play school comes for a workshop, is it a play-shop? A: Definitely. Twenty-five children from Lemoenland pre-school visited Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project and CBN for a books and stories experience as part of their Heritage Day celebrations.

The children and their teachers, plus two librarians from Clanwilliam Library and a volunteer photographer, Kathleen Willies, were first given a tour of the project – and were duly impressed. They didn’t say much, but they clearly were!

They especially liked the CBN classroom, where they could visualize a lot of fun going on, and the Time Machine, where they picked out and identified some landmarks on the huge photograph of the town. The light boxes were a bit high for them to see much, but there was excited discussion of the dassie skulls.

The stories, spontaneously and not very accurately translated into Afrikaans, were warmly received. But the highlight of the day was definitely the chance to make music with the rock gongs! The children were divided up into three groups with about eight in each and sang clearly much-loved songs to the accompaniment of concentrated rock-gonging.

They finished off with games on the lawn while their bus ferried them in groups on to the next part of their Heritage Day.

We hope they come again next year – and for many years to come!

The visit was arranged by Lizel van Reenen, Children’s Librarian at Clanwilliam Library. Photographs kindly taken by Kathleen Willies.