Marching to Thailand

2019-05-28 06:01
Members of the Newfields Primary School Marching Squad.

Members of the Newfields Primary School Marching Squad.

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Learners at Newfields Primary School know how to play and learn at the same time.

The school’s Marching Squad will be taking part in the 2019 Thailand World Music Championships in December.

The Squad was started in 2016 to offer an extra-mural activity to learners, says manager Tasneem Saunders.

Saunders says the band has had more ups than downs and their upcoming trip is a cherry on top.

Their band will be fused in with other schools from around the country for a mass group.

Saunders says their involvement into the contest was organised by Fadiel Gasant, chief executive officer (CEO) for Western Cape Marching Band Association.

He got an opportunity to watch the squad march and was impressed with what he saw, Saunders shares.

He suggested they enter the competition in which they successfully managed to get in.

According to Saunders, when they were informed they had gained successful entry and are in line to travel, they were ecstatic.

“We are very excited, this is something to look forward to. You do not get this type of an opportunity quite often,” she said beaming.Raising funds for the trip

They are currently on a mission to raise R20 000 travelling bill for each of the 38 learners.

And for that they are appealing for help from residents and the public.

“I must say, parents have been very supportive, they have been part of some fundraising initiatives,” she expresses.

According to her, being part of the band will inspire the learners to work harder for something that has the potential to take them far.

Chelsea Paulsen (10) and Charlize Jacobs (12), Grade 5 and Grade 10 learners say they are looking forward to the trip.

They cannot wait to show people overseas how they do their thing here at home.

“I feel good and I enjoy what I do, it makes me feel confident,” expresses Chelsea.

She says she is proud of all of them in the band and that they are hopeful they will do well.

“I march and also teach others how it is done. I am excited because it is going to be the first time that I will be flying overseas and march in another country,” shares Charlize

She says she enjoys showing others the ropes and that when she finishes school she wishes to be a teacher.

“When I get to Thailand, I will tell people there about Hanover Park and that it is a good place with parks to play in. I also want to say thank you to our parents for the support,” she said.V For more information on the competition visit


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