Cole Koopman discusses with his team during the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Cape Town - In a first for their school, 50 pupils of Tuscany Glen Primary in Blue Downs battled it out in an intra-school quiz on Saturday.

Supported by the Cape Argus, the contest saw eight teams answering questions about reports published in the newspaper.

With parents there to watch, and the atmosphere exhilarating, eight teams competed in two rounds. The two finalists ran a tight race, before one was crowned the quiz champions.

All participants received certificates and the finalists won prizes.

The event came days before winners in the newspaper’s flagship programme - the Cape Argus High Schools Quiz - compete in the national finals in Joburg on Thursday.

Parents fill out Jelly Bean Journal forms before the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Cape Argus Editor Aziz Hartley addresses the audience before the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Weekend Argus Saturday Editor Jade Otto addresses the audience before the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Students/teams during the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Learners during the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Learners answer questions in the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)

Tuscany Glen teacher Llewellyn van der Ross said it all started with an idea to get pupils interested in reading.

“It’s a huge learning barrier and once a child cannot read, they obviously cannot perform well in any other subject,” he said.

He approached the Cape Argus and the school’s principal about a primary school version of the Cape Argus High Schools Quiz - starting with Tuscany Glen, he said.

“We had mock quizzes beforehand, and on Saturday the teams exceeded expectations. It was a nail-biting, tight competition,” said Van der Ross.

He thanked the quiz’s sponsors, including Pick n Pay, Tuscany Glen Service Station and Beyond the Edge Tutoring, for their support.

Tuscany Primary principal Matthew Williams said: “The more schools get involved, the more this initiative will spread across the district and region.”

Zoey Avontuur answers a question during the quiz. Zoey is one of the members of the winning team of the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz competitors (Left)  Maurisha Johnson, Blaine Stoutz, Keysha Nyamundanda, Sydney September and Athandile Allah. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
The winners of the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz from (Left to Right) Zoey Avontuur, Cassidy Pick, Dana Dukashe and Cole Koopman, during the quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Prizes given to the runners up of the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz (from Left to Right) Athandile Allah, Sydney September, Blaine Stoutz, Keysha Nyamundanda and Maurisha Johnson. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Prizes given to the winners of the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz from Left Cassidy Pick, Zoey Avontuur and Dana Dukashe. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Mr Van Der Ross with the winners of the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz from Left Dana Dukashe, Cassidy Pick, Cole Koopman and Zoey Avontuur. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Editor of the Weekend Argus Saturday Jade Otto and Cape Argus editor Aziz Hartley with the winners of the Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz from Left Dana Dukashe, Cassidy Pick Cole Koopman and Zoey Avontuur. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)
Cape Argus editor Aziz Hartley with Tuscany Glen School principal Mr Williams and Weekend Argus Saturday Editor Jade Otto at the first Tuscany Glen Primary Argus school quiz. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)

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