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Simo Sam spends the day

Alex Christie

16 July 2010

Cape Town Tamarites were welcomed by a familiar face as we walked into our warm office a couple of weeks ago – Simo Sam was spending the day with us. Simo is a recipient of the Tamar school scholarship and is a proud St. Cyprians girl. This being one of my own rival schools when I was a teen I thought it best to show a bit of sportsmanship and toss old netball gripes aside.

Simo’s main reason for spending the day with us was to research a history project and to make use of the wonder that is Google. Even though the schools in Cape Town are closed for the duration of the Football World Cup, Simo spent her holiday completing a project for school due early into next term. Her project stipulates that learners can do their assignment on any topic that is relevant to South Africa and Simo has decided on human trafficking. A topic that she feels is very interesting and at the same time very frightening.

Chatting is what us girls do best and going to an all girls school such as St. Cyprians is a topic I know well. Simo was more than happy to tell me that she loves going to an all girls school and that both the girls in her classes and the ones in the boarding school are all very friendly and that she gets on really well with all of them.

Since only being part of the Tamar team for three weeks, it was the first time that I met Simo. I thought I’d find out about her in style – over a toasted chicken mayo sandwich and Fanta Orange. A flavour that Simo feels is completely superior to Fanta Grape.

Here are some interesting facts about Simo that you probably didn’t know:

Q: What grade are you in?
A: Grade 10.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?
A: I want to be a lawyer, writer and a business woman.

Q: What are your favourite subjects?
A: Life science, history, consumerism and English.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Read, chill with friends and travel through my imagination.

Q: How did you feel when you first found out that you got the scholarship?
A: I was super happy, excited, geez I can’t explain the way I felt. That day is one of the best times of my life, okay you get the picture .

Q: What’s your favourite food?
A: I don’t really have a specific favourite when it comes to food. Anything good, that is my favourite.

Q: What colour is your toothbrush?
A: Uhm, red.

Q: What do you think of the staff in the office? Anyone you find funny?
A: You cool, Myles and Elizabeth are very nice and I like them. The rest are okay too.

Q: Do you have a crush? What school does he go to?
A: no!

Q: Do you have any brothers and sisters? Who do you live with at home?
A: Yes, a brother and a sister. I live with my parents and siblings.

Q: What extra activities do you do at school?
A: I visit Maitland cottage hospital and I’m starting violin next term.

Q: Do you share your room in the boarding house with anyone?
A: Nope, I have my own cubicle in a big dorm.

Q: What is your favourite meal in the boarding house?
A: Pork and lamb chops, at the moment.

Q: What is your worst meal in the boarding house?
A: This other chicken thingy with cheese and ham stuff inside.

We look forward to seeing Simo again soon and wish her the best of luck with her project. Viva Teamo Simo Suprimo!

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