School pupils receive a heroes’ welcome

Two St Francis College pupils received a heroes’ welcome when they returned home from a week-long visit to Germany recently. The pupils, Asande Shezi and Nontokozo Dubazana of grade 9 & 10 respectively, were part of a five team of learners from schools in and around Durban who made their way to Bremen in Germany, after winning a widely contested Essay Passbook Competition on Local History Museums.
The competition was organised by eThekwini Municipality in partnership with the German Consulate in Durban. The competition is aimed at encouraging learners to make use of their local museums as well as to know their local history.

Miss S.A. Ngcobo, a history teacher at the school, who zealously accompanied and assisted the learners throughout their competition, said that the selection of these two learners who recently came back from Germany, would serve as an incentive to others to take the competition more seriously in future, as well as developing the love of History.

Meanwhile, Asande Shezi said that she is grateful to all those who made it possible for them to benefit from such an exciting experience to travel overseas. “It is an experience that will always remain with me. I will always remember and treasure this moment when I boarded the aeroplane for the first time”, she said with a smile on her face. There were more than a thousand entries to the passbook competition and it included learners from 25 schools in and around Durban. Apart from the duo that visited Germany, other pupils from our school also received prestigious accolades in different categories. The learners include Madoda Mntungwa, Londwa Zulu and Makabongwe Makhaye.