Stamps ahead of fellow pupils

2015-11-03 06:00
Sara Knight and Lelethu Quvile show off their award-winning stamps. PHOTO: nicole mccain

Sara Knight and Lelethu Quvile show off their award-winning stamps. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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While many children don’t even know what a postage stamp is, a young Glencairn stamp collector is earning top prizes with her collection.

Sara Knight was awarded a silver medal for her presentation on cat-themed stamps at this year’s Junior National Stamp Show.

The 11-year-old was awarded the prize for best thematic exhibit, even more special because she had never displayed her stamps before. Although entered into the junior category, Knight’s display was deemed too advanced and was moved to the general category.

The Sunnyvale Primary pupil joined the local stamp club in April, and was later joined by her friend and fellow pupil Lelethu Quvile.

Quvile was awarded three stars for her display on African waterfalls, which have proved to be very difficult stamps to find.

“I like learning about the history behind the stamps,” Quvile says.

Both girls collect stamps according to themes – much easier when stamps are so few and far between – and share a love for winter-themed stamps.

Knight comes from a long line of stamp collectors, with her family having many stamps for her to add to her collection. They also collect stamps from the post office and at stamp club meetings.

“People don’t think about stamps anymore. They only know about rubber stamps, not postage stamps,” Knight says of her peers.

Quvile adds: “They don’t know what they’re missing out.”V The local stamp club meets monthly at the Fish Hoek Library on the third Saturday of every month at 09:00.

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