Tensions were high as Durban Girls’ High school (team Les Reines) emerged the winners of the 2017 BDO School Quiz, after a nail-biting final at Clifton College.
This is the eighth year of the much-anticipated school competition – organised by the Durban office of international audit, tax and advisory firm, BDO South Africa. BDO arranged and sponsored this year’s event in partnership with independent, community-minded book store, Books & Books and Kip McGrath, education and learner enrichment centres which help children improve their English, reading, writing, comprehension, and maths skills.
The BDO School Quiz was held over the past three months and included 36 schools in the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas with teams of four members, made up of Grade 10 and 11 learners.
A total of 252 learners forming 63 teams took part in the round robin completion. Quiz mistress, Tracy-Lee Sydney-Smith, from Kip McGrath, delivered ten rounds of topics each with ten questions to the leaners present for the final.
Every year, four member teams of Grade 10 and 11 members compete in one of four regional round-robin events in central Durban, northern Durban, the Highway area and Pietermaritzburg. The top two teams from each round vied for the prestigious championship title at the final.
All those present were filled with enthusiasm to answer the questions, with parents and teachers in the audience demonstrating their knowledge and answering questions.
Nontobeko Khumalo, Juanita Mazuba, Nokukhanye Nzimande and Rhiannon Pearce of the winning team were delighted with their win. They each took home a 7” Tablet sponsored by BDO. The winning team at Durban Girls’ High School have won the right to nominate a disadvantaged school to receive a donation of books worth R10,000 for their school library.
Runner-up team, The Wykeham Collegiate School was a very close second, missing the title by only 2 points. As second place winners they received gift vouchers from Kip McGrath.
“The evening was a great success and participants impressed us with their general knowledge”, said Sumesh Somaroo,Audit Partner from BDO’s Durban office.
Somaroo said that the quiz encouraged a drive for knowledge within the youngsters and pushed them out of their comfort zones with the range of questions. “We want them to test their boundaries by competing as a team under pressure while still having fun. This is BDO’s philosophy, to offer a stimulating environment which leads to inspired thinking and productive teamwork,” he concluded.
"Kip McGrath Education Centres are proud to be a part of this fantastic event which challenges the students to think out of the box and broadens their general knowledge. It has been inspiring to see the enthusiasm, competitiveness and passion for learning that the students have displayed this year" Charmaine Hollins Kip McGrath Education Centres
Janine O’Connor of Books & Books said, “We are delighted to be involved for the 6th year with the BDO Quiz. The quiz is great fun for the learners, as well as the audience, while encouraging them to operate out of their comfort zone, to broaden their knowledge, to interact with other schools and enjoy a challenging experience. We are particularly proud to donate library books to the disadvantaged school which is chosen each year by the winning team of the BDO Quiz, as we know how much the books will benefit the learners of the disadvantaged school.”
The winning team of the 2017 BDO School Quiz is Team ‘Les Reines’ from Durban Girls High School. Team members Nontobeko Khumalo, Juanita Mazuba, Nokukhanye Nzimande and Rhiannon Pearce are pictured with (left) Sumesh Somaroo, Audit Partner at the Durban office of BDO, and (right) Janine O’Connor, director of Books & Books and Bill Cuthbert from Kip McGrath
Runners up at the 2017 BDO School Quiz are from The Wykeham Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg. Pictured are team members Letho Kunene, Thashmia Vather, Tamryn Nicol and Mary Wheeler with Bill Cuthbert of Kip McGrath.