Hilton College won first place in the second round of the 2017 BDO Inter-Schools Quiz for the Pietermaritzburg region at St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton on 7 March against fierce competition from 11 other schools.
There are 38 schools from Durban and Pietermaritzburg taking part in the competition which is being run for the seventh year by the Durban office of international audit, tax and advisory firm, BDO.
The winning team of four Grade 10/11 learners from Hilton College school notched up 88 points in the general knowledge quiz, narrowly beating Michaelhouse into second place. The boys, Khetha Khoza, Greg Jacobs, Timothy Whitaker, Neil Johnston shared their excitement at their win with the other 32 teams taking part in their round.
The first and second placed teams – each made up of four Grade 10 or 11 learners - will go through to the final championship round of the competition, along with the top two teams from each of three other regional rounds, at Clifton College on 2 May.
The overall champions are given the opportunity to select an underprivileged school to be the recipient of books to the value of R10 000.
The quiz champions earn the right to nominate a disadvantaged school to win R10 000 worth of books. BDO has teamed up with Books & Books & education centre, Kip McGrath, again this year. The overall champions win the chance to nominate a disadvantaged school for a donation of R10 000 worth of books from BDO, Kip McGrath and Books & Books.
“It is always an extremely close contest as the highly-motivated participants enter into the spirit of the competition,” said Sally Juckes, audit partner at BDO. “It can be stressful but there is always a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere and it is clear that everyone is enjoying themselves.”
The schools participating in the Pietermaritzburg round this year were St Charles School, Epworth Independent High School for Girls, St Johns DSG, Michaelhouse, St Nicholas School, PMB Girls High School, Hilton College, The Wykeham Collegiate, Grace College, St Anne’s Diocesan College, Maritzburg College.