Pupils explore their options for the future

Metro Emergency Services had a stand at the exhibition.

Pupils from five Hanover Park schools explored some future work options at a careers exhibition, last week.

Grade 7 and 8 pupils from Blomvlei, Belmore, Morgenson, and Voorspoed primary schools and Mount View High School took part in the event, at Mount View High, on Thursday October 12.

There were representatives from the Metro Police, the National Sea Rescue Institute and the Metro Emergency Medical Services. The pupils also heard from teachers, musicians, journalists, doctors, and lawyers.

Blomvlei Primary School deputy principal Shane Johnson said they hoped to inspire the pupils to work hard.

“Our goal is to inspire them to reach for the stars, goals, and purpose in life. By doing this we are investing in the community. This will hopefully deter them from falling into social ills such as drugs, crime, and gangsterism.”

Mount View High pupil Amber Heugh, 14, said she thought the event would motivate pupils who wanted to learn, and Skyleer Fortune, 13, from Blomvlei Primary School, said: “I think it was helpful for those who don’t know what careers they will choose. It motivates pupils to become something in life.”

Belmore Primary School Grade 7 teacher Charnelle Arendse said: “The main aim is to spark some hope within pupils in the area. We hope to expose them to what they don’t know… There are specific speakers who come from similar backgrounds to make them understand that they can achieve anything they want to become.”

Pupils check out the National Sea Rescue Institute’s stand.
The City’s Metro Police stand.