We’ve returned from our trip to Johannesburg where the team in picture took part in the National Literature Quiz, held annually, to select the team to represent South Africa in the International Literature  Quiz to be held in South Africa this year. We represented the 28 Cape Town schools who entered after winning the Cape Town leg


The Bay Primary team which took part in the National Literature QuizThis is a worldwide competition www.kidslitquiz.com run by the New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills.


Our young team found the competition stiff but nevertheless rewarding. At the final they came 8th out of 9 but that needs to be seen in the context of 106 teams that entered from all over South Africa.


The lit Quiz team made a whirlwind trip to Johannesburg on Saturday the 16th to take part in the National Finals. After a 5:30 pick up in Fish Hoek and a smooth flight we arrived at OR Tambo airport where we met some of the other schools. Rodean, the host school, transported us to their school in Parktown. After refreshments we went into a practice session so that we could become familiar with the buzzer system as the approach is very different from the way the contest was run in Cape Town.

 Jessica, Elizabeth, Maxine and Eden from Bay Primary along with the quizmaster, Wayne Mills from New Zealand.Probably the most difficult part of the National Finals was the time constraint created by needing to react as soon as you suspected that you know the answer as well as the threat of losing a point if your answer was incorrect. Many of the eight schools that we competed against had been there before and were more comfortable with the process. Despite that the difficulty of the system and the complexity of the questions was challenging for all. Rodean ended up winning the competition on 30 points, out of a possible 140, and we came 8th a mere point behind the team that finished 7th. 106 schools countrywide entered the completion this year.


With the youngest side there, and three pupils available again next year, the future looks promising. We arrived back at the airport just after four and explored the shops before our 19:30 return flight. We will still be taking part in three other competitions this year when we will blood new talent with a view to next year’s competition.


Maxine was interviewed by John Maytham on Cape Talk.


We are very proud of our young ambassadors.


Peter Shardlow
Bay Primary