Picture: Khanyisile Ngcobo

Johannesburg - A tense atmosphere lingered over IIE's Varsity College Sandton on Thursday ahead of the National High Schools Quiz, set to get underway shortly.

Eight schools from four regions gathered at the tertiary institution to battle it out for the top spot and a chance to win over R20 000 in prizes for their school. 

Borne from the Cape Argus High School Quiz, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, the National High School Quiz has had its beginnings in four regional quiz events held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal.

The competition is a collaboration between Independent Media and IIE's Varsity College. 

Pupils shared their nervousness and excitement ahead of the final round while also expressing hope they'd clinch the top spot for their school.

Andre Lubbe, Varsity College Sandton's principal, welcomed the participating schools, congratulating them for making it this far. 

"It's been a long journey... it takes a lot for you to be here. Congratulations and you are all winners," he said. 

"This competition, we are very proud of it together with Independent Media. We are proud of it because of the knowledge that comes with it," he said. 

The national winner will take home the National High School Quiz title, R20 000 for the school, R5 000 for each team member and R5 000 for the team’s educator or coach.

The national runner-up will receive R10 000 for the school, R2 500 for each team member and R2 500 for the team’s educator/coach.

The schools making it through to the finals are:

  • Cape Argus quiz winners South Peninsula High and runners-up Steenberg High
  • Daily News quiz winners Eden College and runners-up Seatides Combined School
  • Pretoria News quiz winners Pretoria High School for Boys and the runners-up Pretoria Chinese School
  • The Star quiz winners Veritas College and runners-up Midlands Primary and High School