St Charles team win enviro quiz

2013-09-14 00:00

HARD work and a love of nature ensured that the St Charles College team scooped the prize at the annual national Mondi-Wessa Enviro Quiz this week.

Isabelle Matten, the teacher who prepared the boys, explained that the team of four boys (Matthew Germishuizen, Mark Ortmann, Peter Taylor and Cameron Gemmel) who competed were all members of the Enviro Club. Here, they are exposed to environmental issues and other international issues once a week during the cultural slot in the school timetable.

She said: “We discuss issues like tree identification on campus, recycling issues and we watch videos on habitats, global warming, cloud seeding, physical removal of invaders.

“In addition, we play general knowledge games and make time to visit local environmental sites to make it all real for them.”

The team members had to qualify in a qualifier round, which included tough questions on tree identification and alien species. The boys who achieved the highest scores were chosen for the enviro quiz team.

Matten said: “This year, Epworth hosted the quiz and the competition was extremely tough. The questions were set by Cynthia Dibben from Epworth and enviromental guru Jason Londt.”

Sponsored jointly by Mondi and Wessa, the winning team got a trophy and book prizes for the team members, and the winning school.

The St Charles College boys put their success down to team work and preparation.

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