Islamia pupils awarded for their efforts

Winners Imraan Ahmed, left, and Abdur Raaziq Firferey, second from right, with life science teacher Sayeda Shamsodien and principal, Shaheem Galant.

Islamia College pupils did their school proud when they were awarded diamond certificates at the Two Oceans Aquarium Young Biologists graduation on Saturday November 5.

It’s the highest award given to students in this challenge set by the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Imraan Ahmed and Abdur Raaziq Firfirey, both in Grade 10, spent most of their free time and holidays at the aquarium doing research, presentations, guided tours and beach clean-ups.

This is the third year in a row that the award has gone to the school.

Abdur Raaziq completed 104 hours of volunteering; did a beach clean-up; and gave a presentation to his school’s eco club. Imraan did 57 hours of voluntary work and both boys scored more than 80 percent.

On top of the award, Abdur received a special education award based on: feedback from visitors; his presentation to peers; and assistance in running programmes with primary school pupils.

Another surprise awaited the school’s principal, Shaheem Galant, when his 2014 top matric pupil, Eesa Harris, received a full scholarship from the Two Oceans Aquarium to study marine biology at UCT.

After matriculating, Eesa took time out to explore various fields of study and ended up spending a lot of time doing research at the aquarium, where staff soon spotted his potential.