Friday, 15 June 2012

Castle outing for Grade 7


On the thirteen of June our class went  to the Castle of Good Hope. When we arrived we jumped on the grass mounds until everyone arrived. Lungili our guide showed us around the castle, we looked at many paintings and large rooms fulled with decorations. We came here to learn and we learned  A LOT! We went upstairs and saw a massive table fulled with chairs and many paintings. One hundred and two chairs stood in that room.




They actually made some bricks wooden so that horse carriages wouldn’t make so much noise when riding over them. Jan Van Riebeeck actually built a fort first, but it wasn’t strong enough to withstand the weather, so they built the castle. The castle also has five corners while the fort only had four. Each corner was also named.

The main gate used to be on the far east side of the castle. But they moved it because it was too vulnerable. I also learned that back then the ocean was right outside the gates, but after many years they managed to push it back. We visited the dungeons and it was amazing how dark it was. At lunch time a few soldiers fired a cannon, a very small one but made a big bang. I think the bathrooms there are haunted, being alone there I heard some very strange sounds.

By Keegan Cooper

We went to the torture chamber and learnt how people were tortured. The prisoners got whipped, hung upside down and left to die or they were just hung by their feet and were dropped on their heads. We went to the prison cells and then to the dungeon. Lungile switched off the lights and we were in total darkness. The girls screamed so loud I thought it would cause an earthquake. He said they left prisoners in there for up to 12 hours and when they took them out the dungeon they would go blind. Afterwards we had our lunch and watched a ceremony. They shot a tiny cannon which made a huge bang.

by Connor

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