Pupils fly Sibelius flag high

From left, teacher Zurayda Roomaney, Vincent Dalla, teacher Nathaniel Solomons, Edwina Solomon, Safi Zamiati, teacher Naseeba van Nelson, Petula Daniels, Anathi Nyoka and teacher Enrico Hartman. Absent is Alvin Haupt.

They may not have made it to the finals, but pupils and staff at Sibelius Secondary School in Steenberg are chuffed that a group from the school made it to the top 32 knockout phase in the Cape Argus Food Lover’s Market High School quiz.

This is the first time the school has participated, and convener and teacher Enrico Hartman said he was proud of the pupils for getting so far in the competition.

“We had five teams to start off with. As the rounds went on, we ended up with one team in the knockouts.

“It’s a very good starting point for these pupils, and next year we will go back with a bang and hopefully do even better,” said Mr Hartman.

He said the competition was a good way to expose the pupils to current affairs and news.

“I felt the pupils needed to get involved with the competition because they need to make use of the opportunities out there. Also, to increase their awareness about what’s happening, not only in the community but also globally. One of the best ways of doing this was to expose them to the general knowledge quiz competition.”

Grade 11 pupil Cheryl-Lee Miller said the competition was tough.

“It was our first time competing, and it was a very nice experience. I am definitely participating next year, and hopefully we will go further next year.”

Grade 10 pupil Edwina Solomon said they had worked hard. “Every second interval we got together to prepare.

“The teachers asked us questions in the different categories and there was a lot of pressure but it helped.

“We were just a bit slow on the buzzer, but now we have a year to work on our speed and hopefully come out tops in the next competition,” she said.

The semi-finals and final of the competition will be held at the school and broadcast on GoodHope FM on Monday August 22.