Left to right: Mr Bradley Naidoo - Discovery, Tarlin Padayachee
and Mr Ashwin Ramgoolam - Principal
A special celebration was held at Carter High School on Thursday, 24 July 2014, for Tarlin Padaychee as he was presented with a 100% academic scholarship for 2016. This would not have been made possible without our generous business partner, Mr Bradley Naidoo, from Discovery. Mr Naidoo is one of our business partners who play an active role in providing funding to child development and education.
Carter High School relies heavily on corporate sponsorships and donations to maintain the high standards of education and sporting facilities we offer. Each sponsor plays a vital role in the smooth running and development of the school. We value these business partnerships and invite other businesses to take the initiative.
Shaun’s back from the USA!
Shaun Gouws has returned to South Africa from the USA after ten months. Shaun was part of the AFS Exchange Programme that affords learners the opportunity to travel overseas and stay with a host family for various periods of time. During this time they attend school and learn about that country and their way of living.
Shaun stayed with The Elvin family in Kansas on a farm. He had four host ‘sisters’, Michelle, Vanessa, Raquel and Larissa and one ‘brother’, Greg. He spent his time on the farm helping his family plant and harvest wheat, sunflowers and help with general repairs. His host father was the Police Chief of the County and sometimes got to tag along with him. They also enjoyed fishing together. Despite the fact that in his ten months there they never caught anything, it was still good fun. Shaun had the opportunity to go Christmas Carolling with some of his friends and family in the neighbourhood. One of his crowning achievements, besides learning to ski in Colorado, was learning how to ride a unicycle.
Shaun attended a school which had only 600 learners in total. There were only 12 learners per class and all learners had Apple laptops to work on and take home. Everyone was networked including the teachers so the teachers could help them with their homework or send them more information. Shaun was very involved with his school and took part in two school plays. He played a Korean boy in the production M.A.S.H and a Native American bell boy in another play.
Music has always been part of his life so his host brother introduced him to band squad. He played in the procession section as well as in the jazz band where he played the bongo drums.
Shaun’s host brother, Greg, managed to get him onto the football team as a team manager. That, as Shaun learnt, was a fancy word for water boy. He still took this in his stride and got to travel to all the different schools with the football players. He also took part in cross country, basketball, track and field. Shaun’s sporting highlight was high jump when he broke his own record of 5 foot 8.
Shaun took a trip with fellow AFS students to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC for a week. He visited the Empire State Building and stood on the 86th floor, Grand Central Station, Statue of Liberty, Hard Rock Café and Madam Tussauds. He got to eat those large pretzels and hot dogs in Times Square. Shaun also went to a Broadway show, ‘Bullets over Broadway’, which he says was fantastic!
All in all Shaun says his experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity and would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him and giving him the opportunity to go to the USA. He would also like to thank Carter High School and the AFS Exchange Student Programme for affording him this treasure of being able to live in America for ten months.
He says he misses his host family very much but he is happy to be home.
Carter hosts exchange students from Italy and Spain
On behalf of Carter High School we would like to welcome two new international faces to the Carter family. Arianna Martina is a young lady from Italy who is part of the AFS Intercultural Exchange School Programme. Arianna’s says her school in Italy is very much smaller than Carter High. She loves our atmosphere in the school and the fact that the learners have so many subject choices and the finest laboratories. She hopes to become a chemist when she leaves school.
Elena Giner is from Spain who is also part of the AFS Programme. She embarked on this venture to South Africa to learn about the different cultures and life styles. She loves the fact that Carter High has a swimming pool and a vast sports programme. She too is hoping to study further and pursue engineering as a career.
We wish these dynamic young ladies all of the best during their stay with our big family and hope that when they return to their respective countries, they will have an abundance of wonderful memories to take with them.
Carter’s Table Tennis Guru
Mishay Maharaj, a Grade 9 learner from Carter High School, has spent the last three months in vigorous training with his coaches Morgan Govindasamy and Simon Gologolo from Eddels Table Tennis Club in Mountain Rise in preparation for the 2014 South African Junior & Senior Interregional Table Tennis tournament which took place in Bloemfontein from 6-13 July 2014.
The Umgungundlovu District can be very proud of Mishay as he placed third in the country for the boys U17 doubles event.
At Carter, we acknowledge all codes of sport. Well done to Mishay on his outstanding achievements.