Wednesday, 10th May 2017
STUDENTS continue their academy's association with a South African community
A NEW group of students are continuing their academy's association with a South African community by volunteering to work with AIDS orphans in a local school.
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Drawing on their talents developed at the academy in
The students had to apply for a place, stating what qualities they felt they could bring to the work and what they hoped to learn from the experience.
Musician Christie Wilce, 18, said: "All through school the only trip I ever wanted to go on was this one. I'm expecting it to be life-changing and really rewarding but it will be a mix of emotions I'm sure."
Jamie Watson, 17, who plays football for the academy and Blyth Spartans, is hoping to share some of his sporting skills with the children, whose education is provided by the charity Love Trust.
Louis French, 17, said: "I think it will be quite difficult because of they life they've had, but it will be good to try and help."
As well as helping in the classroom and on the sports field, the students may also get involved in some construction work.
Dr Middleton said: "The group were selected for their aspirations to work in the field of care or to serve the community, for their spirit of getting involved and for their commitment. It will be an incredible experience for them and, as well as providing an opportunity to serve, will also teach them a lot about themselves."
The students have to raise £1,000 each for the expedition and have already taken part in a gym-based sponsored bike ride and car washes, and have organised a Nokuphila fundraising concert at the academy.
Younger children at Bede South have also got involved by taking part in a sponsored readathon to raise money for the South African school.