Top KZN pupils off to Eastern Cape leadership course

2014-12-08 00:00

THE best and brightest pupils from 23 KZN schools have been hand picked to attend a pioneering leadership course in Grahamstown.

Russell High School and St Anne’s College are among the top schools that will send their young leaders to the symposium in the Eastern Cape.

The leadership course, dubbed “By Youth For Youth”, was created by Kingswood College director Craig Andrew.

“We wanted to create thought leaders on discussions on youth leadership at school level going forward.

“This is the first step in that direction,” said Andrew.

Andrew said schools from all over the province would be attending the leadership course, which is set to begin this month.

“We are trying to lead the charge so to speak on getting all participating schools to partner-up with disadvantaged schools in their areas nationally in a unique holistic twinning model,” said Andrews.

From each school, two pupil representatives were selected to attend the course.

Russell High School selected Lebo Khoza and Ashley Voges, and from St Anne’s College Chiara Ferri and Zandile Mgutshini were chosen.

“It feels awesome to have been chosen and it opens other doors for us,” said an excited Lebo.

Ashley agreed with her peer and said she felt privileged to be offered the opportunity and looked forward to strengthening her leadership skills at the course.

Chiara said the gathering of young leaders would create partnerships between schools.

“I am very excited to be partnering with other schools and it will be great to meet with other leaders,” she said.

Chiara added that she would bring back all that she learned from the course and share it with her grade.

“We are all in this together.”

Zandile said the course would be special as the youth would be learning from each other.

“I am excited to hear what the other students have to say,” she said.

St Anne’s deputy head Joan Mauck said she the leadership course was an important one and immediately decided to partner up with Russell High School for its similar values.

“This course offers leadership training for life,” she said.

Russell High principal Jean Rose said she was grateful for the partnership with St Anne’s.

“This is such a lovely opportunity and we wouldn’t have gone if we hadn’t been invited by St Anne’s,” she said.

Russell High teacher and public relations manager Donna-Jade Shelver said all four of the chosen pupils were the 2015 head and deputy head girls.

“They were chosen not only for their achievements but for their passion and heart for the schools and peers,” said Shelver.


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