Two weeks ago I had the opportunity as part of Stanford Lake College’s new marketing drive to photograph the school from the sky. One of the parents kindly took us up in his Robinson Helicopter early in the morning. The weather was perfect – a crystal clear day.
Stanford lies on the banks of Troutbeck and Stanford Lakes and above the picturesque Ebenezer Dam near the Magoebaskloof. The school is surrounded by natural Woodbush forests and large tracts of Pine plantation – a most awe inspiring place.
In the background to the picture below lies Serala Peak, the second highest point in the Limpopo Province. The peak forms part of the Wolkberg Mountains which are part of the Northern Drakensberg Range.
Every year the Grade 8’s have the challenge of doing two treks, the first up the Iron Crown – the highest peak in Limpopo, and the second up Serala. The school lies perched on the mountain at the bottom of this shot.
Troutbeck Lake is a haven for trout fisherman (Craig tries to get out and cast a line whenever he can, which is not as much as he would like ;-)) You can actually see the rings from an early morning trout rising in this photograph. On the banks of the dam lie the school’s Outdoor Education centre, climbing wall and Barnyard Theatre on the far right of the photograph.
Craig was lucky enough to have a chance to go up as well. As you can see they took the doors off for the benefit of the photographs, made such a difference!
A beautiful place to bring up our children, and a wonderful school for students who love adventure sports and the great outdoors.