On Friday 13th April 2018, 11 pupils and 2 staff from Archbishop Holgate’s School headed on an expedition to Cape Town as ambassadors of both their school and the diocese. This is the 7th such visit undertaken by a group from Archbishop’s and is a fruit of the schools ongoing relationship with institutions and individuals in the Diocese of Cape Town since 2004.
Whilst their peers in Year 10 will be based in shops, businesses and schools undertaking two weeks of Work Experience, these pupils are participating in an expedition of a lifetime to South Africa, inspired by the link between the Diocese of York and the Diocese of Cape Town.
They took with them 12 additional suit cases filled with a wide selection of donated items. These included; baby and toddler clothes, writing equipment, new soft toys, hand-knitted bears and blankets, almost 1000 World Book Day books, second-hand football boots and football kit. Some of these items were donated following an appeal in the York Press and others came from parents, teachers and local churches. They are destined to be distributed to a variety of township based projects. It is estimated that the group have taken over 250KG of donated items in the additional cases and in their own luggage.
“I am sure that these two weeks are going to leave a huge impression on the young people and be an unforgettable experience” said Richard Nihill.