5: Local Attractions (natural and man-made)Description of "Our Community"
The community resident in and visiting the City Bowl -- the area between the mountain backdrop and the sea.Summary of Our Project
This will be an in-depth study of the relatively small area of our City Bowl. Natural attractions will include our famous Table Mountain, and the interesting flora of the smallest but most prolific floral kingdom in the world. Man-made attractions will include the cableway to the top of Table Mountain, the Waterfront and Aquarium, the 17th Century Castle, the Gardens in the City Centre and the historical Bokaap residential area overlooking the city. Their use by tourists and the quality of life they provide for Capetonians will be assessed.
The pages displayed here are a collation of work done by several students.
The CyberFair 96 project supported coursework for a cross-curricular experiment in Geography and History, subjects which are usually taught separately. The City Bowl of Cape Town was the study area. The resources available to early settlers (building materials, water supplies, farm lands, etc), the first European settlers in the mid-seventeenth century and present day inhabitants were studied; as well as the historical and economic development of the harbour area.
Students learned skills of evaluating sources and where possible to do original research. We learned how to draw up questionnaires, do interviews and now realise the value of oral history.
Interesting, exciting things:
- Finding out about the origin of the Cape Malays; that many were of royal blood. These people were political exiles, many were imprisoned on arrival here, and all were subject to the former apartheid laws.
- Find out about the Waterfront and that Cape Town is now looking towards the sea again and creating links with the historical harbour area.
Our equipment was rather simple: the only specialised equipment needed was a colour scanner. Of course, we used several more old-fashioned information tools, such as cameras and newspapers.
On the software side, the pages were created using text editors and a public domain package called HyperType (but most of the work was done in vi). The images were scanned and processed using Paint Shop Pro and LView.
Members of the community approached were:
- The Bokaap -- ``Above the Cape'' -- community for original source material regarding their history and comments on the quality of life in Bokaap, extracts of which appear in the text.
- The parents of students in the 8a class who are resident in the City Bowl, to find out why they selected to live here.
This is the first time our school has been linked to the Internet and all its possibilities. The Principal of the school was thrilled to find out about the Home Page of Cape Town High School. He has never seen this kind of computer presentation before. The teachers were equally impressed and the students excited about the next stage of the project and its links world-wide.
Thank you to the Computer Society of South Africa, and Gail Sturgess in particular, for first bringing the project to our attention, and for organising equipment for us to use. Thank you to Aztec Information Management, and Jean Ramsay, for providing us with an Internet connection. The technical side of the project, hardware and software, was handled by David Gibson.