St Francis College learners have once again taken part in the Passbook Competition which is a joint venture between the eThekwini Municipality and the German Consulate in Durban. The learners who distinguish themselves in the competition have the chance to visit the City of Bremen in Germany. The competition provides the participating learners with a real platform for learning thus knowing where they come from as far as history is concerned.
The competition included more than ten schools from in and around Durban where learners participated in a wide-range of activities such as essay writing, poem writing and Drama & performance. For this year’s competition the school was represented by grade 9 and 10 learners respectively and these are: Lwandile Mdabe, Karabo Khumalo, Asanda Madlala, Samekelo Zondi, Alwandi Jali, Sibongile Kunene, Ndumiso Ntshiza and Olwethu Phiri, Azotha Ntanzi, Nontando Ximba, Zinhle Mthembu, and Snegugu Mngadi.
Azotha Ntanzi became second in the poem competition amongst the grade 9 learners whereas Nothando Ximba became first in the poem completion amongst grad 9 learners.
Meanwhile, Zinhle Mthembu became number one in the essay writing competition amongst grade 10 learners. While Snegugu Mngadi, became first in essay writing and first in Drama & performance thus earning the golden opportunity to travel to Germany. Zinhle Mthembu joins the list of many other learners from the school who benefitted from the Passbook competition and flying their way to Germany.
According to the Social Sciences educator Ms Nosipho Hlongwa who accompanied and prepared the learners for the competition said it is indeed pleasing to see hard work yielding desirable results. “I am very happy with the performance of our learners in this prestigious competition they indeed did out school proud”, reiterated Ms Hlongwa.
The passbook competition is aimed at instilling the culture of reading and knowledge about one’s local history by encouraging learners to visit the local museums in and around Durban. The rationale behind is to provide the young people an adequate opportunity to understand that the freedom that we enjoy today did not come cheap and that many people sacrificed their lives as a result.