Learners at Khayelitsha’s Kwamfundo Senior Secondary school received a visit from British Royal Princess Anne on Wednesday to mark the 100 days countdown to the start of the Olympic Games taking place in London this year.
Princess Anne, who is reigning British Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, is on a three-day visit to South Africa, which is part of the British Commonwealth , to mark her mother’s 60th year on the throne.
At Kwamfundo Senior Secondary she was greeted by about 200 learners who demonstrated their soccer, netball, softball and cricket talents.
The ranks of learners were also swelled by about 100 learners from three surrounding primary schools and a group of about 20 residents.
The school choir entertained Princess Anne on her arrival as a dance group performed traditional dances.
Speaking on her behalf, Director for the British Council David Cordingley said as part of Princess Anne’s responsibilities as member of the International Olympic Committee and President of the British Olympic Association, she came to Kwamfundo Senior Secondary school to mark the 100-days countdown to the 2012 London Olympic Games, which forms part of the International Inspirations Legacy project.
“It is good to work with schools that are less advantaged. The good work we have done with this school (Kwamfundo) speaks for itself. We have an exchange programme with an international school where learners from this school once a year visit a school in Britain,” said Cordingley.
Kwamfundo was chosen for the visit because it is a member of the International Inspirations Legacy, confirmed Principal Mongezeleli Onani adding that the visit “encouraged and motivated the learners and educators”.
One learner at the school, who got the chance to have a chat with Princess Anne, could not keep quiet about speaking to the Princess.
“I shook her hand and spoke to her. I have been waiting for this moment since we knew she was coming to the school. Although my friends would not believe that I had a conversation with her, I feel honoured,” said 15-year-old Phumza Mbombo, who is doing grade 10 at Kwamfundo.
Another leaner Yamkela Brownlee, 10, who is doing grade four at the nearby Siphiwo Primary School, said he felt special when he was chosen to be part of the learners to go to Kwamfundo to entertain the Princess.
One parent, Lumka Phondo, 40, said she did not know who the Princess was until a teacher pointed her out.
“I was expecting a young woman, but anyways she is also beautiful. I am glad I saw her,” said Phondo. – Sandiso Phaliso