Friday, September 21, 2012
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Grey College dominates quiz competition
By Dineo Mokgosi
Grey College came out on top at the Free State provincial quiz competition winning a total of five awards on Friday, September 14 at the Motheo Education Resource Centre in Bloemfontein.
The school came in number one in English (home language) and third in English (second language). They also achieved first position in Mathematics and second position in Natural Science.
Relebohile Tsoai, 11, a grade 6 pupil at Grey College said he was happy to be part of the winning team.
“I am very happy with our performance. I think we did very well. Some of the questions were very difficult but we managed,” Tsoai said.
More than 700 learners from across the Free State province converged at the Motheo Education Resource Centre in Bayswater to take part in provincial quiz competition. The learners from Grade 4-9 wrote quizzes in Mathematics, Natural Science, Economics and Management Sciences (EMS), Technology, Social Sciences and Arts and Culture.
Not all schools were as lucky as Grey College though, Tlhabaki Intermediate School from Sediba Trust in Thaba Nchu only made it to the third round of the quiz competition on Friday. They scored a total of 14 out of 25 in EMS which was not enough to see them through to the next round.
“It was our first time taking part in this competition and I am very happy with the outcome. Before this competition, we came first in EMS at cluster level and second in district level. My children did well today. I didn’t even expect them to go so far as this is only their first time. This will motivate them to work harder next time,” Mathematics and EMS teacher at Tlhabaki Intermediate, Sam Abeoagye said.
Abeoagye said they’ve always had quizzes at their school however the provincial competition is on a different level than what they are used to.
Reabetswe Leepile, 15, a grade 9 pupil from Tlhabaki Intermediate said that in retrospect the tests were not that difficult but due to the lack of resources at their school, they found themselves lacking certain information to fully tackle the quizzes.
Shadrack Phele, Director Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges in the Free State said that the quizzes are an opportunity to develop the full potential of learners in specific subjects, foster good and improved performance, and promote the culture of learning as well as to prepare learners for the Annual Assessments in languages and mathematics.
MBALI LITERARY AWARDS
By Nthabiseng Lisele
Mbali Press Literacy Assn has confirmed that the inaugural Mbali Literary Awards will commence this year. The award would initially be restricted to the Free State.
Mbali Press is an internationally respected publishing firm which inter alia churns out quality books in both South Africa and Lesotho, books which are distributed globally. This year the firm has published a number of top quality works.
Papa Kimenyo of Mbali told Free State News this week that the firm has always intended to orchestrate such awards. “In more advanced countries there are countless awards for writers to give them a boost, to encourage them to enhance their work. Whilst it is true that relatively we have few creative writers here, we should acknowledge and honour the outstanding ones”.
Free State News learnt that this inaugural award will honour writers who have distinguished themselves this current year (2012).
Kimenyo said: “A number of books have been published this year, and they are being considered. We are also excited that we’ll also be honouring other writers who are not necessarily authors of books, but who have contributed to pure literature (this year) by way of their critical articles or reviews, columns or blogs”.
Already, Free State writers are excited about the awards. “Yes, it is a good idea. It’s about celebrating literacy and literature, showing writers that their efforts are at least appreciated”, frontline poet Lebohang Thasi said.
Kimenyo also said that the awards are scheduled for November this year, also disclosed some other details pertaining to pertinent categories and those short-listed thus far.
SHORT-LISTED FOR AWARDS…
Book of the year category:
Free State of mind (by Jah Rose Jafta, Rita Chihawa)
From where I stand (by George Rampai)
Landscape from within (by Seipati Thomas).
Writers/Commentators on Literature category:
Kgang Abel Motheane (The Bookshelf column)
Promising newcomer of the year category:
Proud champions of Engen!
By Mahlomola Moshe
The Engen soccer knockout challenge 2012 attracted soccer lovers and teams from all walks of life, when knockout games were played in Bloemfontein.
The Engen games which started from 14 September, 2012, came to its final stage when defending champions, Harmony met with Grey College on 16 September 2012 to determine the best team for the competition.
Harmony from Welkom showed everybody why they were defending champions as they displayed a good game in the final when they met with host team, Grey College. The Grey College which was struggling with the game in the first half of the game could not match the Welkom side which was composed in all departments; but their problem was that they failed to put the ball inside the net even though they created more opportunities.
The game gained a different complexion in the second half when Grey College began to show total commitment and took the game to Harmony which felt the pressure from Grey. Harmony which was on top of the game in the first half of the game could not do as they wished because Grey came with a different tune for the second half which helped them to understand the momentum of the game.
The game which was hot for both teams could not produce the result as players failed to convert chances created .Due to the situation whereby no goals were scored in the first half and in the second half too. The match was compelled to go to a penalty shoot-out which Grey won by 8-7.