These pupils keep their word

2015-05-05 06:00

Five schools have already booked their place in the second phase of the Growsmart interschool literacy competition that is supported by the Western Cape education department.

Over the course of the next few weeks, a total of 40 schools will be selected to compete in the second phase of the competition for a spot in the semi-final to be held in September at a special event.

The first five schools to make it through to the second phase include: Nernia Primary School in Athlone (team: Abdul Daiyaan, Andisiwe Spala and Uzair Isaacs), Primrose Park Primary School in Athlone (team: Nikita Matthee, Pulane Mshaba and Sade Jones), Vanguard Primary School in Athlone (team: Keathon Saville, Neo Theunissen and Matthew Brinkhuis), St Mary’s Primary in Gardens (team: Nina Osondo, Onwa Khonzani and Amanda Mukanawa) and Zonnebloem Boys Primary (team: Amamkele Bam, Litha Ncapayi and Mihlali Mbeteni).

The competition for pupils in Grades 4, 5 and 6 saw 200 schools (50 schools per district) take part in the first round.

Growsmart newspapers will be produced from which the bulk of the competition questions will be drawn, the content of which will include various subjects in the curriculum.

The competition is a corporate social responsibility initiative of Growthpoint Properties, with the aim to promote the importance of literacy in a practical and fun way The main focus is on English literacy.

During the second phase of the competition, there will be eight rounds held over two Saturdays with each school to compete once. Eight schools will advance to the semi-final round, but there is no restriction on how many schools from each district will advance.

The semi-final stage will see eight teams compete to determine the five schools that will advance to the final round.

The pupils in the final five teams will also be entered into the education department’s national spelling bee competition.

The competition will run over a number of months, culminating in the grand finale on Saturday 5 September.

The winning school will receive an iSchoolAfrica iPad learning programme valued at more than R250 000.

The three team members of the winning school will receive educational assistance valued at R20 000 each, and the team’s mentor will receive a R10 000 shopping voucher.

The second place winner will receive improvements to its premises valued at R50 000.

Each of three team members will receive educational assistance valued at R10 000 each, and the team’s mentor will receive a R5 000 shopping voucher.

The third place winner will also receive improvements to its premises valued at R25 000. The three team members will win educational assistance valued at R5 000 each, and the team’s mentor will be rewarded with a R3 000 shopping voucher.

According to the organisers the Growsmart competition is not intended to burden teachers with extra work or to interrupt schooling, but to add value to literacy work being done in the classrooms

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