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Cape Town student, Noah, has qualified for World Scholars Cup in debating in the USA


South Africa
07 September

Noah is a 13 year old pupil at Bergvliet Primary School in Cape Town where the Academy runs its international drama programme.  His team progressed through two rounds of competition to qualify to compete at the World Scholars Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the USA in November.

“The World Scholar’s Cup is a celebration of learning. It brings together many subjects, because before we can begin to specialize, we need to see the big picture. It challenges teams to work together, because there’s nothing harder or more inspiring than knowing that someone else depends on you. And it deals with serious global issues without taking itself too seriously, because I’m convinced that before we can fall in love with learning, we have to find the fun in learning.

The team's experience in South Africa so far has been inspirational for all of them – at the Cape Town Global round they competed against 500 of their peers from 37 countries. We’re so excited to have made it through the tough competition in debating and collaborative writing on topics from from Science, History, Social Studies, Art, Literature.

Laura Dunwell said: "One of the areas of the competition is debating and there is no doubt that Noah benefited hugely from the confidence in public speaking he gained through the Helen O'Grady drama programme at his school. Those years of learning to work as a team in Drama, to speak well and clearly, to overcome stagefright -- they all paid off! Thanks Duncan and the Helen O'Grady team."

Duncan Rice, Principal, of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, says: "We are extremely proud of Noah and his achievements. Bergvliet Primary has an active programme of developing children through the creative arts, and therefore the children are extremely articulate and creative in their approach. The Academy's aim to develop spontaneity in thought and speech is clearly evident in this young man's achievenments. He has worked hard for this and we look forward to hearing about his successes in the USA."

The theme for WSC 2017 is “An Unlikely World’ and we would like to make Noah's dreams come true of representing his school at Yale. We need to cover the costs of flights, visas, accommodation and the entrance fees. Parents and the school are contributing, but the cost is high – we estimate ZAR40 000 for Noah's costs. Every donation helps!

You can donate for Noah by clicking here: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/send-noah-to-the-world-scholars-cup-for-be

 

 


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