China adventure for city school

2015-05-07 06:00
Woodlands Secondary School pupils (front) Khanyisani Zimu (left), Kivalin Naidoo, and (back, from left) Snethembu Molefe, Amanda Zondi, Tasneem Ismail and Natasha Naidoo have been chosen to represent the country in this year’s Shanghai Summer Camp in

Woodlands Secondary School pupils (front) Khanyisani Zimu (left), Kivalin Naidoo, and (back, from left) Snethembu Molefe, Amanda Zondi, Tasneem Ismail and Natasha Naidoo have been chosen to represent the country in this year’s Shanghai Summer Camp in

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PIETERMARITZBURG’S Woodlands Secondary School has been chosen to represent South Africa at the 2015 Shanghai Summer Camp in China.

One school is chosen to represent South Africa every year at the camp, and this year the honour was bestowed on Pietermaritzburg’s Woodlands Secondary.

The camp is an annual event held in Shanghai and hosts pupils from all over the world in an effort to bring different cultures together and learn about the Chinese culture.

School principal Dharma Moodley said he was so excited when he heard news from the education department that Woodlands was the school chosen to represent the whole of South Africa.

“This is great for our pupils and our school and it is truly an honour,” he said.

“Woodlands is one of the oldest schools in the area as it is 113 years old. I have been here for 34 years and to see the school’s name pick up again by representing the country is fantastic.”

Six pupils from Woodlands - Tasneem­ Ismail, Kivalin Naidoo, Khanyisani Zimu, Snethemba Molefe­, Amanda Zondi and Natasha Naidoo - were selected to represent their school and South Africa at the camp.

Tasneem said she was “very excited” to have been chosen to represent the country and had already started to learn a bit of Chinese with a dictionary­.

“I cannot wait to learn all about the ­Chinese culture and try their food,” she said.

“We will be there to represent our country and show pupils from around the world how far South Africa has come and how diverse, but united, we are.”

Kivalin said he was “over the moon” that he was going and was excited to learn about the different cultures and countries that would be attending the camp.

“I am going to tell everyone about ubuntu and unity and how the colour of our skin does not matter, but who we are as people.”

The school is now fundraising for the trip as the pupils leave for Shanghai on 18 July

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