Thanks to a Global School Partnership grant from the Department for International Development, Year 9 students at Nova Hreod are having the history of apartheid brought to life for them in a most extraordinary way, through the increasingly strong links with Harold Cressy School in Cape Town, South Africa.
Nova community coordinator Tom Wilkes said the contact is now in its fifth year. “Harold Cressy, our partner school is situated right on the edge of District 6, the area of Cape Town that was forcibly reclaimed for whites during the 1960s. Two of the teachers from Harold Cressy, Clinton and Anthony Classon, were young boys at the time of the clearance, so have vivid memories of what happened. This is an extraordinary thing for our students to learn about, right from the people who were there as their homes were destroyed.”
History teacher Satveer Nuar, science teacher Nick Mitchell and computing specialist Dalton Godwin formed the Nova Hreod delegation who travelled to Cape Town in October, and were royally hosted by staff and students from Harold Cressy.
“They even got a tour of Robben Island in the company of a Harold Cressy old boy Sedick Isaacs, who was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela,” said Tom. “We have video footage of an interview with Sedick, conducted by Satveer, which is like gold dust for our history curriculum.”
Scott Thomas is the history teacher leading the focus on apartheid history. “The students are receiving the topic brilliantly well, and it is linking very nicely with the work we’re doing on the Civil Rights Movement. It’s good to have the two perspectives to compare and understand, and the fact we can share materials and work with our partner school means that the learning is much more powerful and effective.”
Dalton worked on the Harold Cressy IT set up to improve communications between the schools.
Next year’s bid for the partnership grant will be based on a science project.
Pictured, from top: Youngsters and staff from Harold Cressy welcome Nova staff at 6am at the airport;
Satveer, Nick and Dalton with Mandela prison compatriot Sedick Isaacs;
The Link being read in the shadow of Table Mountain by Harold Cressy pupils.