Eight pupils set off to global schools fo­rum

Cape Times - - NEWS - Do­minic Adri­aanse

EIGHT South Penin­sula High School(SPHS) pupils jet­ted off to New Jersey, US, yes­ter­day, to at­tend the Global Class­room Part­ner­ship’s (GCP) 20th In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence.

This in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion project is based on a net­work of schools world­wide, which aims to pro­mote global aware­ness by ex­tend­ing learn­ing and teach­ing across board­ers.

Ex­cited Grade 11 pupils, Amy Schip­pers, Jody Jane, Keshia Lin­nett, Nikita van der Vendt, Ash­ley Ja­cobs, Do­minique de Vil­liers, Caleb Wolf, Thaaki­rah Mosavel, and Me­gan Hanslow said they had been pre­par­ing for a year for the con­fer­ence.

This year’s theme is ed­u­ca­tion, with pupils hav­ing had to pre­pare multi-me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions on the history of their schools and the level of ed­u­ca­tion within their coun­tries. Started in 1996 by Ste­wart Hay, an ed­u­ca­tor from the Shet­land Is­lands, off the UK coast, the pro­gramme was ini­ti­ated in South Africa by for­mer Harold Cressy High School prin­ci­pal Lionel Adri­aan and re­cently sacked South Penin­sula High prin­ci­pal Brian Isaacs. Act­ing SPHS prin­ci­pal Zeid Baker said the GCP has been made pos­si­ble through the ef­forts and tenac­ity of both Adri­aans and Isaacs.

Teacher Dana Mar­i­nus said the prepa­ra­tions was stress­ful and co-or­di­nat­ing at times a night­mare, but the pupils looked for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing their prov­ince and coun­try.

“To­day, we are ex­cited, but also sad, as we miss Brian. He has been in­stru­men­tal in GCP through­out.

Par­tic­i­pant Thaaki­rah Mosavel from Sur­rey Es­tate said she was ex­cited to be able to rep­re­sent her coun­try. “We made a video pre­sen­ta­tion of our school history and we can’t wait to meet all the other young peo­ple, and to see the US.

“All of us miss prin­ci­pal Isaacs, and we wish he was here.”

Pic­ture: PHANDO JIKELO

GOLDEN TICKET:The eight pupils from South Penin­sula High with their board­ing passes be­fore jet­ting out to the 20th In­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence of the Global Class­room Part­ner­ship in New Jersey US.

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