The September holidays were to be a memorable one for six of the learners (Olwethu Mabaso, Sbani Ncampalala, Sthembele Shangase, Mphathi Mkhombe, Lwanele Tenyane and Banoyolo Sicwebu) who qualified at the Regional Round. These six learners participated in the Durban Global Round and were excited to meet like-minded learners from Uganda, Botswana, Pakistan, and Ukraine as well as learners from in and around South Africa.
All six learners did exceptionally well in representing the school and South Africa and learnt a lot throughout this event. Learners engaged in debates with other learners, dealing with topics like global politics, crypto currency and black-markets – all in line with this year’s theme of ‘ an entangled world’
Gary Turk, the keynote speaker, a renowned British poet, blogger and author spoke to the learners about the impact technology and social media has on their lives and how important it was for them to “start looking up” from their devices and “ start living.”
Four of our learners (Olwethu Mabaso, Sbani Ncampalala, Sthembele Shangase and Banoyolo Sicwebu) were rewarded for their hard-work and numerous nights of studying, by qualifying for the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (where only the best regional and global participants are invited to), in New York from the 17 to 21 November 2018. This is a place where they will be given the opportunity to interact with Yale University students, walk the corridors of the 15th best University in the world as well as interact with Yale professors, whilst at the same time interacting with over 3500 global learners, from over 50 countries. Here they will be given the opportunity to represent Brettonwood and South Africa in events such as Essay writing, debating and General Knowledge challenges dealing with subjects like Art, Literature, History and Science.