Pupils on an adventure

Bede Academy students who are heading off to South Africa to volunteer.
Bede Academy students who are heading off to South Africa to volunteer.

Seven adventurous students leave Blyth next week for a chance of a lifetime to work with children in one of the poorest communities in South Africa.

The teenagers from Bede Academy will spend two weeks at the Nokuphila nursery school, in Tembisa, north east of Johannesburg, where every child is either affected by or infected with HIV.

The Bede students – Catrina Dickson, Oliver Baron, Amber Witson, Krysta Hudspith, Caitlyn Rae, Emma James and Kim McVey – will teach the children songs, games and sport, supporting teachers at the school which is run by the Love Trust Christian charity.

The challenge for the students began months ago when they began fundraising towards their £14,000 target.

Vice principal at Bede Academy Steve Nelson, who will accompany the students along with teachers James Leverton and his wife Emma Leverton, said: “The trip is an opportunity to strengthen our links with Nokuphila School and to serve the children and staff there in any way we can.

“It will be an eye-opening experience for our students. They will take a huge amount from it, learning a lot about themselves and developing their character and skills for service, as well as providing valuable help to the school.”

The students will also get a chance to experience South Africa on a three-day safari at the beginning of their trip.