Sithembiso prepares to get his science on in Bali

Newcastle High School Principal, Manuel Govender, with Sithembiso Thusi.

NEWCASTLE – Come December 2, Sithembiso Thusi will be heading to Bali to compete against some of the brightest high school learners in the world.

He was recently selected for the South African Junior Science Team, which will compete in a Science Olympiad in Bali, Indonesia.

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“I found it quite inspiring to have been selected, as there are goals I would like to achieve in Bali,” said Sithembiso, a Grade 10 learner from Newcastle High School (NHS).

The selection process was done throughout the academic year, where learners participated in science competitions.

Sithembiso clinched second place in the country and his spot in the SA team was secured.

One of his greatest goals is to achieve a gold medal in Bali and put his school and town on the map.

In preparation for the upcoming event, Sithembiso travels to Durban every weekend to study with his team mates.

“We study Grade 11, Grade 12 and tertiary education science.”

Despite putting in long hours of studying, he claimed it was worth it.

“As a child, I wasn’t sure how science really worked and it was only as I grew older that I saw how it connected everything, and my love for it grew.”

Motivated by his love for science, Sithembiso want to eventually become a neurosurgeon.

“I really enjoy solving problems and would like to work on saving lives.”

Principal of NHS, Manuel Givender said the school was exceptionally proud of Sithembiso’s achievement of being elected for the South African team.

“I am always elated when I see learners reach their full potential.”

However, there is one major obstacle that must be overcome.

The trip will be costly and Sithembiso requires R27 000 to fund it.

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While NHS will help Sithembiso as much as possible, he will require additional funding.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the trip, can contact Newcastle High School on 034 312 6048.

Quinton Boucher

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