College Newsletter - 08-05-2015 - Newsletters

No 13
24 March 2015
Independent Co-ed Schools Hockey Festival Oakhill, Knysna
Over the long weekend the boys’ and girls’ 1st teams participated in the Independent Schools’ Hockey
Festival in Knysna. The programme was busy and the fixtures were tough. Both Bridge House 1st
teams consist of young players with only two Matrics in the girls’ team and two Matrics in the boys’
team. The teams performed very well against strong opposition. The experience was valuable and
we look forward to great things from these teams in the future.
The results were as follows:
Glenwood lost 0-1
Woodridge drew 1-1
Oakhill drew 0-0
St Peter’s won 2-1
Heron Bridge drew 0-0
Collegiate lost 1-3
Oakhill lost 0-4
Dale College lost 0-3
Heron Bridge won 1-0
Glenwood lost 0-2
Somerset College lost 2-3
St Peter’s drew 0-0
At the prize-giving function Bo-Mary
Hartman and Giovanni Hartman (right)
were voted the most valuable Bridge
House players at the festival.
A big thank you goes to Mr Andrew
Jones (boys coach), Mr Cheslyn
Andrews (boys manager & umpire), Mr
Jeremy Downing (girls coach), Mrs
Colleen de Villiers (girls manager), Mr
David Sutcliffe (girls umpire), Mr
Rheinhardt van Schoor (driver) and Mr
Edward Arendse (driver) for
accompanying the teams on tour.
Notes from Kenya (2)
Conference: Starehe Boys’s Centre
And so from the bush to the school – a seven-hour drive, so we are all pretty shattered by the time we
get to Starehe in the dark. This is an amazing city. It is huge and sprawling and a constant mix of
rundown and up-market side by side all the way. Traffic is horrendous, and looks chaotic, but it isn't,
although it is gridlocked a lot of the time. Interestingly, there is hardly ever the sound of a hooter and
there are no angry remonstrations or gestures at drivers who cut in or don’t allow others into a stream
of traffic. A road is a river to be used to get to where you need to go. Whomever one meets or sees,
one has a deep sense that this is a nation comfortable in its skin.
Nairobi buzzes constantly. It goes to bed late and announces before dawn that it has woken up.
There are many trees. Streams of pedestrians. Literally hundreds of yellow-billed kites gliding around
above the city skyline. Lots of grey brick. Lots of unfinished upper storeys on buildings and
scaffolding made of rough wood that would turn a Health and Safety Officer into a gibbering wreck.
Matatus packed with commuters are not that much different from our taxis back home. Motorbike
taxis (boda bodas) often with three unhelmeted riders on board, weave in and out and hawkers with
pushcarts take their chance and nip through the smallest of gaps in the traffic. Garishly decorated
packed buses. Bumper to bumper Toyotas. (Toyota has done very well in Kenya, obviously!) Door
against door. Roadworks. Litter. Heaps of earth. Corrugated annexes on houses, jutting into puddled
muddy walkways streets.
In downtown Nairobi, the parliament area and Uhuru Square are quite impressively tranquil and
clean. We pass a small grove of white crosses and wreaths on the lawns of Uhuru Park, erected in
memory of the Garissa victims. The country really does hurt about those losses, and there's an anger
about how long the security forces took to intervene.
Starehe, regarded as one of the top ten schools in Kenya, is in quite a run-down area of town, but
within the walls surrounding the estate there is a feeling of orderliness and humility. It has a deep
history reflected in plaques and statues around the campus, and we learn that it started with seven
Maasai orphan boys in two steel rondawels that are still standing next to the main administration
block. We are warmly welcomed and the delegations are shown to their accommodation, which is
very, very basic indeed for the children and the Round Square teacher reps. We bump into Catherine
Kramer almost before we meet anyone else. Catherine has been doing a gap year stint at
Brookhouse School, and is at the conference to lend a helping hand. It is good to see her indeed! We
heads and Round Square officials have been put up in Parklands Club, about twenty minutes from
the school. I feel there's a bit of tension about this segregation, and I think it's right that there is. On
one hand, I admit that it’s pretty cool to have my own room, privacy and comfort, but the privilege
doesn’t sit all that comfortably in terms of my sense of Round Square philosophy. There’s a party of
us which seems to be having a completely separate experience from the children. I think that is a
pity, and I say so at the Heads’ meeting on the opening day.
On the eve of conference, three Cape Town Heads (Sue Redelinghuys, Julian Cameron and I) have
a good late evening meeting with John O’Connor (Regional Chair), Rod Fraser and Rachael
Westgarth of Round Square Central. We discuss the initial thinking about the 2017 International
Conference that we’ll be hosting and we make good progress with plenty to take home and flesh out.
The Opening Ceremony on Wednesday morning is on the school
lawn, with a covered dais for dignitaries (including the Heads).
We’re honoured, of course, but unsure about this distinction and
separation from our school parties. The Starehe boys and the girls
from their younger sister school put on a fine display of marching, music, dance, song and drill. The
various welcome speeches are short and heartfelt and we soon head off to the first keynote speaker
in the hall. Polycarp Igathe is a very impressive young businessman and he talks passionately about
service leadership in a way that clearly resonates with the students. Following this, the students head
to their first baraza and the adults set off for a series of business meetings that will run through the
day. These are important and relevant, but again, I am left with this sense of being distant from what I
see as the core purpose of the conference.
Thursday is Adventure Day and the entire conference boards buses and heads off to Hell’s Gate
National Park, for a visit to the hot water springs and talks and discussions about geothermal energy.
My sense of separation continues, as today is the day that it’s been arranged for Melvin King and me
to visit the Muthaiga Country Club for lunch, very generously hosted by James Kibera, where we’ll
join a council member of the Aga Khan University and his wife, a young energetic publisher, a speech
pathologist, a university lecturer, St Andrew’s Head and Board members and the Kenyan
ambassador to the UN and his wife. While I wouldn’t have minded going on the Hell’s Gate trip, I’m
relieved that the lunch coincides with activities off-campus as opposed to key-note speakers and
baraza activity .
The ambiance of the Muthaiga Club, founded in 1923, teleports one back into Kenya’s colonial past.
Pink buildings with white trim rise about lush tended beds and wide expanses of lawn with shaded
dining-areas. Discreet staff in smart uniform glide silently among heavy dark wood tables. Bright
silver settings wait on starched linen. Tasteful fresh flower arrangements, plush furniture and drapes
all add to a feeling of muted splendour. One may not take photographs. There are apparently still
men-only areas in the club. It's said that, to this day, Karin Blixen is the only lady ever to be offered a
drink in the gentlemen’s bar, which features in the film "Out of Africa". Artworks on the wall caricature
some of the high jinks of past parties. Today’s patrons reflect the transformation of this country over
the years since independence in 1963.
It is a fantastic lunch with really interesting and influential people interested in education and Round
Square, and it is a wonderful networking opportunity providing great potential for future relationships.
(Thank you, James.)
Friday was a good day. We had a great speaker on dyslexia, Christine Asiko, first thing, then a
baraza/discussion group. At last, I got to join a baraza group and listen to them grapple with issues
raised in the conference activities. There are Ghanaian, Namibian, Tanzanian, SA and Kenyan
youngsters with opinions and voices worth hearing. There follows a tiny Kairos moment, a cameo that
illustrates the worth of Round Square membership and conference attendance, and I know why I do
not want the separate treatment that has begun to infiltrate conference programmes since my first
one. One of the key points in Christine Asiko’s address was the metaphor that when schools try to
hammer a square peg into a round hole, the result is frustration for the school and, worse, a damaged
peg. In the question and answer session that followed, a delegate made the telling comment from the
floor that a square peg can fit into a round hole if the hole is the right size, but it’s up to the school to
increase the diameter of the hole to facilitate that fit. In the animated conversation in my baraza
group, a Ghanaian girl tells us that in her country, left-handed students are compelled to write with
their right hand. Another student links the round-hole-square-peg metaphor to this by saying that
allowing children to write left-handed would be an example of how to widen the hole. It is a moment
like this that one wants to take home and share, because it’s in such small moments that the value of
Round Square membership and conference participation is abundantly clear. In the afternoon, I join a
trip kindly organised by Willie Ng'a Ng'a to his school, Brookhouse. We took great ideas and pictures
from this very worthwhile visit indeed. This is a cool campus, almost like a modern Hogwarts theme
park in the junior primary section anyway.
In fact, we visited two schools in the course of the week. On the Wednesday afternoon, some of us
went out to the International School of Kenya. It was encouraging to observe that in both schools, the
concept of a buzzing, colourful Learning Commons has prevailed over the traditional library!
The final conference day, Saturday 11 April is Service Day and the delegates are split into a number
of projects in various parts of Nairobi. I opt for the project taking place in the Karura Forest. I guess
this is Nairobi’s equivalent of Kirstenbosch. It’s a place where people go to picnic, play, exercise and
hold functions. There is one MTB trail of 35km in this forest! Interestingly, Karura Forest used to be a
no-go area, populated by lawless people, and a place where you would be dumped if you were hijacked. Now it has been reclaimed, secured and replanted. We spend a therapeutic, reflective
morning weeding in the small Amani garden of remembrance to the 67 victims of the 2013 Westgate
Shopping Mall massacre. There is a young sapling growing for each of the dead. Two of them
commemorate a mother and her daughter.
Later in the day, the closing ceremony is an informal, entertaining affair after an early dinner. Then it’s
back to Parklands Club to pack and set out early for Kenyatta airport in the morning.
I leave behind three trees I planted in the Karura forest and I take rich red Kenyan soil away under my
I’m happy for it to stay there for a while.
Mr Mike Russell
Music Staff and Friends Concert
Music has the power and ability to
stir the senses, bring people
together, trigger the emotions and
transcend the boundaries of hearts
and minds. – Hoda al Khamis
This was truly the case on the
evening of Thursday, 16 April, in
the NG Church in Franschhoek.
entertained an audience of just
over 140 people in the NG Church
in Franschhoek. Members of the
audience were treated to an array
of styles performed as solos,
classical duets, trios and quartets,
as well as jazz, cabaret, guitar
looping, contemporary songs and
rap! We even had a quiz on
guessing the titles of various
movie and TV series theme tunes.
Thank you for the support of the fantastic audience, the big boarding contingent, and the Bridge House
community. Proceeds of the ticket sales will be used for the further development of Music in Bridge House. The
event proved to be great fun and we look forward to extending it.
Music Staff and Friends
Farewell, Dale Dunbar
On the 30th of April, we bid farewell to our librarian, Dale Dunbar.
After more than 6 years at Bridge House, Dale has accepted a
position with The President’s Award where she will have the
opportunity to work with young people from a broad range of
backgrounds. In her position as librarian, Dale helped to introduce
the students from both the Prep and the College to new literature and
reading material and she has also been integral in teaching students
about a number of key academic practices. When the ORTP initiative
was introduced, Dale quickly stepped up to take on the role of
manager for the school and she has helped the programme to find a
firm footing at Bridge House.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dale for her service to
the staff and students and to wish her every success for this
wonderful new chapter in her life.
Mr Shaun Kirk
Maths Maestro
Kaila Fourie was judged the best candidate from Bridge House in
the UCT Maths competition. She will be receiving a special prize
from Oxford University Press at the Baxter Theatre on the 21 May.
Well done, Kaila!
Absence from school and catching
up work
With the two consecutive long weekends and only a couple of days
in between them, I think it’s an opportune time to communicate with
parents about the school’s approach when a pupil
misses school days for whatever reason. Essentially, we see
absences as falling into two categories: voluntary and involuntary. A voluntary absence would be for
example when parents request a day or a couple of days’ leave of absence for their child in order to
go together to a major family occasion, or on a once-in-a-lifetime trip the dates of which are out of
control of the family. Sometimes such leave of absence comes about through parents wanting to get
slightly cheaper flights outside peak holiday time. In senior grades, it could be to write a learner’s
licence or driver’s licence test or to go to Home Affairs. Whatever the particular reason may be, the
absence from school comes as a request to go and do something unusual. In cases such as these,
the onus is on the student to do the legwork to find out what work has been missed, and to do what
they can to understand it or complete the work prior to asking teachers to run a special individual
lesson. They could request the work prior to departure or on-line during the absence or immediately
on return.
In the case of involuntary absences (illness, surgery, hospitalisation or for compassionate reasons)
teachers will do everything they can to guide the pupil and get them back “up to speed.” We think this
is pretty fair practice and helps develop a sense of ownership and responsibility.
Mr Mike Russell
Stellenbosch bus
The notice below was placed in the newsletter for two consecutive weeks but only four people
responded. This number does not make the introduction of this bus service viable. However, the
school is always open to facilitating the communication for requests of this kind. You are welcome to
communicate with Janis Christian [email protected]
“If there are any families who are interested in a 17h15 bus service back to Stellenbosch via
Boschendal, Pniel, Lanquedoc, Kylemore, Orangeville, Banhoek Valley and Stellenbosch, please
contact Janis Christian on [email protected]
This notice is to gauge interest for this service. The school bus and driver are not available for this
return journey to Stellenbosch and the service would have to be provided by an outside contractor.”
60 Minutes with the Heads
In the interests of good and improving communication between school and parents, Mike Russell and
Marc Barrow, Heads of the College and Prep respectively, will host the termly 60 Minutes with the
Heads meeting, on Monday 1 June in the Prep Hall, from 08h00 to 09h00.
In order to help the Heads prepare properly for this, please e-mail any questions or concerns (of a
general nature) you may have, to [email protected] by or on Monday 25 May. The PA has
kindly offered to bundle these into a folder and forward them to the Heads, who will then prepare
responses to the matters raised, and e-mail out the agenda. Parents interested in these agenda items
will be welcome to come along and participate in the conversation.
Please note that any issues mailed to [email protected] after that closing date will not be on the
agenda for this meeting, and will either be replied to in the interim, or carried over to the next 60
Minutes in the third term.
The rules for 60 Minutes are simple:
it's a constructive and collaborative initiative;
matters raised and mailed through need to be of a general nature;
if deemed a better option to do so, the Heads can respond directly by e-mail to any issues
before the meeting;
there will be honest and frank responses and discussion around the topics on the agenda;
questions from the floor need to be only about the agenda issues: no "surprises" and no
"general" please!
giving the Heads some preparation time is simply so that if figures and data are required for an
answer, or if someone else's expertise is needed, there is an opportunity to gather this and
give full answers (and perhaps put it into a presentation of sorts);
time: strictly 60 minutes for the forum, so that it's short and sharp and those attending can plan
their morning.
Mr Mike Russell
Uniform Shop Hours
You are reminded that the opening hours for the uniform shop are as follows:
Tuesdays and Thursday 07h30 to 08h30
Fridays 13h00 to 14h30.
Please try and think ahead about uniform needs, especially for sports matches, because special
requests to obtain items of uniform outside of these opening hours cannot be met.
Bridge House Business Manager, Janis Christian, is a granny! Two weeks ago, her
daughter Melanie produced a beautiful baby girl, called June. Last week, Janis
managed a short visit to meet her granddaughter and the family who live in London.
You are reminded about the PA AGM which takes place on Tuesday 12 May in the Prep Hall at
Wine Donations
The PA is looking for donations of wine, from single bottles to cases, to use at events. If you are able
to donate wine please contact [email protected]
New security entry stickers for your cars
The Parents’ Association have had very smart new Bridge House stickers printed to replace the
paper version which we have been using on our cars. Please call in to the Prep or College offices to
collect a sticker/stickers for your car/cars. These are free of charge.
Outside Scholarship Tests – 23 May
Applicants who are in Grade 7 outside Bridge House and who would like to write the scholarship tests
for Grade 8 scholarships on offer in 2016, should contact Gill Malcolm 021 874 8100
[email protected] for the details about the tests to be written on Saturday 23 May.
Pre-primary Open Day postponed to 29 May
Please note that the Pre-primary Open Day which is advertised on the Term calendar for Friday 15
May has been postponed to Friday 29 May because Marc Barrow will be attending the Young Round
Square Conference in Namibia at that time.
Please invite your friends who have children wanting to join our Pre-primary to contact Sam Ruiters
021 874 8100 or [email protected] about the details for the Open Day. We extend a
warm welcome to all prospective parents to come and see the Pre-primary in action and to hear
about our new Pre-primary buildings, which are due to open in July, and which will create extra
capacity for children wanting to join our school at both Playschool and Pre-primary level.
Calling all Bridge House Mountain-Biking families
The first of what we hope to be regular Bridge House Mountain-Biking mornings will be held on
Saturday 9 May at 8:30 at Bridge House. There will be a looped track on campus of about 1 km for
the younger nippers and two outrides of between 10 km and 25 km for parents and older children.
All rides will include adult supervision and “sweep” riders.
The purpose is for us to meet as a Bridge House Cycling Community to discuss some of the exciting
future plans to unlock the potential for cycling as a sport at Bridge House. At the same time we will
get onto our bikes and enjoy the lovely setting and surrounding mountains. The intention is to ride for
no more than 90 minutes and for 30 mins thereafter to discuss our school’s cycling potential and
possible parental support to grow BH cycling across all age groups (College and Prep). Please do
not hesitate to contact me if you require further details or clarification on 0724973576.
Mr Pieter van Deemter
We extend condolences to Adele Bate and family on the tragic death of Adele’s uncle over the past
Accommodation Needed
Child friendly, pet friendly accommodation, which is not too far from the school, is needed for Bridge
House staff. Please contact Janis Christian [email protected] if you know of any suitable
Sports Update
Last weekend, James Horner (Grade 10) and Luca
Colombo (Grade 3) represented Bridge House at the SA
Schools canoe sprint championships held at Roodeplaat
Dam, Pretoria.
Competition was tough and both boys are to be
congratulated on their excellent results. Many thanks go to
Coach Wayne August for his coaching and encouragement
and to the boys’ parents for their commitment and
enthusiastic support at the event as well as in the weeks of
training prior to the event. We would also like to
congratulate our past pupils Andreas Beukes, Peter
Meihuizen, Rebecca Meihuizen, Luc van der Westhuizen
and Pierre van der Westhuizen and the Paarl Development
paddlers who excelled in their age groups.
James’s results are as follows: 5th in 1 000m; Silver (2nd) in
500m; 6th in 200m; Bronze (3rd) - Long Distance; Victor Ludorum – 4th, U/18 K2 LD 6th.
Congratulations to Ashleigh Mills for the
following outstanding achievements on the golf
8 March U23 WP Open
9 - 12 March selected to play in the Global
Junior Championships
15 March selected to play in the Western
Province Pam Golding Championships and
advanced to the second round. Knocked out in
the third round by the top WP player Cara
28 - 29 March Placed 2nd in the Steenberg Club
30- 1 April selected for the SA Woman’s
Rosebowl and placed 15th
7s Rugby
The Bridge House rugby teams played 7s matches against Elkanah House. All our teams played
some impressive matches and we would like to congratulate them on these wins.
U14 - won 10 - 7
U15 - won 17-10
U19 - won 17-7
Soccer Results
U15 lost 0-6
U17 lost 0-12
1st team drew 2-2
U15 won 3-1
U17 lost 0-3
1st team drew 1-1
Cross Country Results
Konrad Blumers 16:30
3rd Aimee Fuller 18:34
Yael Robineau 19:47
6th Lelia van Niekerk 22:46
9th Becky Fuller 24:48
Ashlin Govender 21:48
Aimee Fuller 17:36
14th Lelia van Niekerk 23:25
21st Tammy Simpson 26:46
13th Konrad Blumers 16:19
22nd Becky Fuller 26:46
James Horner 17:22
29th Joshua Ferreira 18:47
33rd Yael Robineau 19:38
36th Skye van der Westhuizen 20:14
40th Angus Macapella 23:10
Discovery Schools Triathlon
Adam Sendzul (5kms run), Samuel Sendzul (500m
swim) and Matthew Browne (20kms cycle) participated in
the Discovery ITU relay event held at the V & A
Waterfront in April. They finished 130th overall and 40th
in their age group. Well done, boys!
Western Cape Schools Sri Lanka Tour 2015
The under 17 squad consisting of 13 boys toured Sri Lanka for 2 weeks in the April school
holidays. Two Bridge House boys, Tristan Killops and John Rowett (above left), and two Bridge
House past pupils, Damian de Vos and Mathew Madlala, were selected for this tour. The heat and
humidity made it tough for the boys to acclimatize. They played very well, facing teams from Sri
Lanka and India in 20 and 50 over games, winning 5 out of 7 matches. They lost against St Thomas
College as a result of devastating spin bowling. The final was rained out with Western Cape well on
top when play had to be abandoned because of rain. The boys came home with a collection of
trophies and medals. Thanks to the team manager Tim Rowett and coach AB Frans who looked
after the boys.
Delta Trap
The annual Delta Trap was held on Sunday 26th April at Solms Delta. Bridge House representation
included students from the Prep and College and parents and staff - most notably our very own Mr
Barrow! Congratulations to everyone who completed the 20 km, 40 km or 60 km route. Outstanding
achievements from the College were Renate Blumers (4th place Women’s 20 km) and Konrad
Blumers (1st in his age group and 2nd overall in the Men’s 40 km). Special
mention must be made of Kate Gordon who placed 2nd in the Ladies
Open 20km race and won the u13 section!
A tough day at the office comes good
for Giordano
“The opening meeting of the SA national Junior Max karting season
proved a bittersweet weekend for Giordano Lupini at his home track at Killarney in Cape Town
on Saturday.
It started with a lonely seventh in the first heat but the second race proved a crunching affair after
Giordano’s AutoWeek CRG was nudged off early on and he found himself caught up in a midfield
dogfight ultimately cut short by a red flag. That spat continued into an incident among a group of karts
on first turn of the restart that saw Gio quite literally end up with another kart on his lap.
Giordano dragged his battered kart back onto the track to rejoin and he managed to find the pace and
set a lap time to escape that midfield fracas on the third race grid before delivering a fighting third in a
finale highlighted by penalties and punishment. “We’ll take it any way it comes," Giordano chirped
after. “It was a hard weekend but that last race made it all worth the while.”
Soccer Results
U15 lost 0-6
U17 lost 0-12
1st team drew 2-2
Netball Results
BH U14B vs Cloetesville U15B lost 1-6
BH U14 A vs Cloetesville U15A lost 4-5
BH U16B vs Cloetesville U17A lost 6-10
BH 2nd team vs Cloetesville 1st team won 34-8
SANESA (Schools’ League) Equestrian results
Congratulations to Erin Pape, Lara MacPhail, Judy Palmer, Nicola Stubbs and Shannon Lindhorst for
participating in the Boland Core League Qualifier 4 in Worcester on 24 – 25 April.
Results included:
Erin: Two 1st places in 1m Show-Jumping
Lara: Two 2nd places in 90cm Show-Jumping.
Judy: Two 4th places in 70cm Show-Jumping
Shannon: 1st places in Equitation, 80cm Show-Jumping, Equitation and Prix Caprilli
PA Family Golf Day
The PA Family Golf Day which was to be held on Friday 15 May has been cancelled due to lack of
Sport for the week ahead
Saturday 9 May
Hockey vs Curro Langebaan at Maties astro
09:30 BH Boys’ U16A vs Curro U16
09:30 BH Girls’ U14A vs Curro U14A
10:30 BH Girls’ 1 team vs Curro 1 team
10:30 BH Boys’ U14 A vs Curro U13A
11:30 BH Boys’ 1st team vs Curro 1st team
11:30 BH Girls’ U16A vs Curro U16A
Canoeing Western Province Marathon Championships
Monday 11 May
Soccer vs Groendal at Bridge House from 15:00
Tuesday 12 May
Hockey Girls vs La Rochelle (home)
15:15 U16
16:00 1st
16:45 U14
Netball (all teams) vs La Rochelle (away)
Wednesday 13 May
Cross Country Boland Meeting hosted by Paarl Boys High School
Netball (all teams) vs Franschhoek (away)
Soccer vs Kayamandi (home)
Saturday 16 May
Hockey Boys vs Paul Roos (away)
The Franschhoek Literary Festival at Bridge House
brought to you by Porcupine Ridge and Sunday Times
Bridge House parents and friends are invited to the The Franschhoek Literary Festival at Bridge
House brought to you by Porcupine Ridge and Sunday Times on Thursday 14 May in the College.
Events begin at 10.30 and end at 14.45. The cost is R60 for the day (3 sessions of your choice).
The information about the speakers has been emailed to you. Bookings can be made online at and there you will see who is speaking at what times and you will be
able to book your places. Tickets for the day are R60 per person and you can pay either with Jenny
Jones at College Reception or you can pay via EFT using the following information:
Bridge House School Fund Account
First National Bank
Current Account Number: 62 309 231 306
Branch code: 250 655
Reference: LitFest/Surname
Once you have completed the online booking, you will receive an email with your talk details. Please
retain this email as proof of booking as it will be used as your ‘ticket’ to gain access to the talks.
Please note that the Niki Daly talk advertised below is not part of this day, and so booking for the talk will not
happen through the website.
Lunch Platters
Guests love to visit Avondale to experience our delicious unique slow wines made with Mother Nature’s approval. Now we
are taking this experience to the next level and invite you to indulge in the new Avondale Lunch Platter.
Our beautiful fresh platters are laden with a sumptuous selection of mouth-watering treats created by Chef Matt Manning.
It includes farm style sandwiches with your choice of filling, specialities such as risotto balls and fishcakes and a fresh
garden salad accompanied by a selection of cheeses with homemade pickles and compotes. The contents of our Lunch
Platter may vary as we use fresh and seasonal products so be sure to ask about the latest delicious offerings when you
make your booking.
In keeping with Avondale’s ethos, we have sourced the best quality produce and ingredients from local growers and
artisan producers.
Purchase our wines by the glass or carafe to accompany your Lunch Platter, and enjoy the views from our farm and the
impressive backdrop of Klein Drakenstein Mountains. Dine alfresco on picnic blankets on our tree-shaded lawns, on the
vine-covered terrace, or relax in the comfort of our elegant Tasting Gallery.
All in all, our Avondale Lunch Platter offers a fine dining experience with good honest food paired with slow hand-made
wines on our picturesque working farm.
Platters will be served Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Priced at R320 (suitable for sharing). Booking is essential – call
021 863 1976 or [email protected]
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through the night.
Phone Sister Heike Millar on 082 954 8376 and quote "Bridge
House" to receive 15% off Mother's Day Special in the month of