Year 11 Student’s Volunteering Visit to South Africa

During January 2020, Year 11 student Lucy Kay had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a trip to South Africa with St John Ambulance Cadets.

Joining Lucy in South Africa were people from 8 different countries including England and Northern Ireland, Wales, New Zealand, Mauritius, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Canada, and South Africa itself. They were all there to volunteer on a project to renovate a school, including filling holes in the walls, priming, and painting them. They also donated clothes and books to the underprivileged children, as well as raising money for a new school building to house the 3-5 year olds in. 

Lucy took part in a day of competitions where England earnt 3rd place in the world. The day finished off with an awards ceremony.

Proud mum, Mrs Kay, said “The camp was also about meeting people from other countries and learning about their culture and history, which was done throughout the two weeks as they ran a cultural evening and the International youth conference; as well as having groups with people from every country in to complete their day time activities”. Head of Mortimer House, Mr McDonald, added “Mortimer House are very proud of Lucy. She is an excellent role model for her peers and a very valuable member of our team. Well done Lucy”. Lucy’s Form Tutor, Mr Hudson, also said “Lucy is a kind and generous person. We are very proud of her efforts and achievement in helping others. Well done Lucy”.