Jo'burg students visit founder's home
A group of South African children took a break from an international cricket tour to visit the Cornish village their school was named after and where its founder was born.
The youngsters from St Stithians College in Johannesburg were given a special welcome when they visited the Stithians, near Redruth.
The South African college, which is famous for the high quality of its education, was founded by Albert Collins from Stithians and William Mountstephens from Falmouth. The pair earned their fortune in South Africa and, determined to help the community, gave a large sum of money to the Methodist Church to found the college.
During their visit to Stithians, the South African schoolchildren were treated to cake and sandwiches before embarking of a brief pilgrimage to the memorial for Albert Collins in the village.
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The college is celebrating its 60th birthday and the prep school cricket team was on a tour of England and Ireland.
Headmaster Alistair Stewart, thanked Stithians Parish Council and the local Methodist Chapel praising their "typically generous Cornish hospitality."
He said that there are more than 2,000 pupils at St Stithians College which has made a name for itself in education in South Africa.