23062016 South African debaters on their way to Thailand.

Durban - Ten KwaZulu-Natal pupils jetted off to an international competition in Thailand on Thursday.

Ten pupils from Brettonwood High School, in Umbilo, who have excelled in The World Scholar’s Cup – an international academic programme – will now represent South Africa in a global event along with more than 3 000 other pupils from 40 countries. The event will be held at the Bangkok Convention Centre from June 25-30.

This is the first year a round was open to KZN pupils, and Brettonwood High School hosted the competition recently.

It challenged the pupils in such subjects as creative writing, general knowledge and debating.

English teacher and debating coach, Cynthia Samynaden, said she could not be more proud of the pupils.

And as they left from King Shaka International Airport on Thursday, they were excited about travelling internationally for the first time.

Kyle Fortune, 16, a grade 11 pupil said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am proud to be representing South Africa”.

Speaking about the challenges involved in the academic programme, 16-year-old Zekhethelo Thwala said: “Having to write an essay on a random topic is never easy as you are unprepared and also having to finish writing at a given time.

“I am proud of myself and the effort we have all put in as the school.”