Thank you to each and every supply teacher that took part in our ‘tantalise teachweb with your supply teacher travel tales’ competition. It was a tough decision, however we have finally managed to pick a winner.

We are delighted to announce that prize money of £200 will soon be on its way to Nirvasha Jithoo.

And without further ado, here is Nirvasha’s winning entry:

A supply teacher’s summer Holiday in Cape Town

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“My summer holiday was in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa with my family.

As we landed at Cape Town International Airport, the wintery gale winds were in full force accompanied by the pelting rain.

However, this was not a distraction for us to come to Cape Town. As we drove into the city, I was delighted to see the iconic Table Mountain which was covered in a thick cloud and a glowing rainbow which lit up across the sky.

Wild waves hit the rocks at Sea Point and Camps Bay treacherously while the trees swayed vigorously. The coastal drive towards Hout Bay was very scenic. We dined at a lovely restaurant called ‘The Taj’ in Hout Bay.

The next day the weather turned out to be bright, sunny and welcoming. We went on a boat ride to ‘Seal Island’ and to our delight these playful Cape Fur Seals were very happy to see us. They rolled lazily on the rocks, snorting and groaning.

The boat came past the majestic Kabonkelberg mountain range. The spectacular road trip along Chapman’s Peak with the sea below and high mountainous cliffs was truly a spine-tingling experience.

The next day we set off in the early morning to Hermanus. The road journey along Gordan’s Bay into ‘Betty’s Bay’ was breathtaking with the rugged mountain capturing the landscape magnificently along the coast. It was a delight to see the Southern Right Whales as they clustered by the cliff path below the rocks. These gentle giants played with each other and even showed off by breaching spontaneously to every watcher’s amazement.

Upon our departure from Hermanus, we visited the university town of Stellenbosch. We got the opportunity to visit a wine farm and had a taste of the different awarding winning wines. The town was adorned by impressive Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Shopping at the local mall was a major pass time for the locals, also there were many places to have a cup of coffee and locally made scones.

We also included a separate day trip to the Western Cape coastal towns of Langebaan and Saldhana. I was really curious to see Langebaan which is a special ‘Afrikaner’ dominated town, most of all, it is well known to embrace the first inhabitant, the Khoikhoi and San of the Western Cape Province.

It was a tranquil place with restaurants and holiday resorts, away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. The white sand beaches along the Langebaan Lagoon were refreshing. We were able to notice that the town offered numerous opportunities for water sport such as sailing, kayaking and kitesurfing. I enjoyed the thrill of sailing along the lagoon with my brother.

Not very far off, was Saldahna Bay, a natural harbour which is one of the major fishing ports and also a port to export ore from South Africa. The glowing sun on the bay was stunning making it look like a crystal clear glass.

This town peaked my interest on how close and friendly the local people were. They seemed to be content with their daily routines away from the pressures of the big cities in South Africa. The Hoedjieskoppie Nature Reserve in Saldhana was on a hill, the beautiful views and traditional fishermen’s cottages was a picturesque site to see.

As we departed Saldhana Bay, we travelled to Cape Town to spend the late afternoon at Cape Point. The route was immaculate with miles of beaches stretching all the way. In Simonstown, we stopped to buy gorgeous African souvenirs.

We were able to see the first lighthouse since 1859 which stands at the highest section of the peak at Cape Point. The Cape Point is also well known for the main historical route from Europe to India and the East. We eventually finished off the day with a scrumptious meal at the ‘Two Oceans Restaurant’ before departing to Somerset West.

The next day we travelled to Robben Island to visit the island’s prison museum where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. It was unbelievably poignant and touching to see how the political prisoner who fought against the ‘apartheid’ regime coped all those years in such a harsh terrain succumbed to a small cell.

The views from Signal Hill was unbelievable stretching all the way to Camps Bay. As the thick cloud over Table Mountain moved away the sun captured the spark of the city of Cape Town. The hill rise is surrounded by the beautiful proteas. The sunset from Signal Hill was really blissful and calming for the soul.

Our last day in Cape Town was at Camps Bay where we spent time relaxing on the beautiful beach to enjoy cool drinks and ice-cream.

I completed my holiday with so many wonderful memories and moments as I departed to return to London assimilating the contrasts of the poor and wealthy communities in Cape Town, most of all it’s incredible landscape beauty to political changes of the transition from the ‘apartheid’ era to a present day democratic country with a constitution that holds no prejudice against colour or religious sect. It was a fantastic trip and I would return again for another holiday.”

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

About travel loving supply teacher agency owner Rick Smallwood:

Rick is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teacher agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.

Strategies for gaining student attentionYou receive the supply teaching call to action… You arrive at the classroom… Now you feel a nervous wreck… How do you get student attention?

No need to worry my friend. Here’s a simple and effective strategy for quickly and painlessly getting and maintaining the attention of your new class.

In fact, add this strategy to your classroom management toolkit and your supply-teaching day will be a walk in the park.

A supply teacher called Joseph Young passed on this effective student attention strategy to me. According to Joseph, this strategy guarantees good behaviour and learning response.

The supply teacher toolkit

You will need to purchase:

• One small prize to be awarded at the end of each lesson. For example, a pen.
• One book of raffle tickets.

Gaining student attention: The method

Explain to your class that:

• Every one of your students has a “stake” in the lesson and a fair chance of winning a prize.
• You will be giving out raffle tickets to students demonstrating good class behaviour.
• At the end of the lesson you will draw a raffle ticket from a hat and the winner will receive a prize.


• Make sure every time a student does something good, you award them a raffle ticket.
• At the end of the lesson ask one of your students to draw a raffle ticket from a hat and announce the winner.

The results

• Your students will be focused and will have a sense of anticipation.
• You will stand out from usual daily supply teachers. It will be almost as if you are showing them a magic trick.
• No matter how small the prize… know that your students will be eager to win it!

And finally…

This student attention strategy may cost you a small amount of money, but that money will buy you:

• Peace of mind.
• A better working atmosphere.

Like this tip? Let us know if you have any others that we can pass on.

Your success is our success.

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

About the Author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teaching agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.