Not so elementary as we steel ourselves in the finals in Minquiz 2017!

On May 18th, 2017, posted in: Academic, Featured, Grade 12, Mathematics, News, Physical Science by

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On Thursday, the 18 May three of our Wynberg matrics went over to our brother school to compete in the annual Minquiz. This mathematics and science Olympiad, sponsored by Mintek, is a nation-wide competition in which 3 matrics from various high schools all over the country compete. The first round of the Olympiad, the provincial competition, was hosted at Wynberg Boys’ High School. At the end of the day, two teams were selected to represent the Western Province at the national competition in Johannesburg which will take place in July. Jessica Stephens, Katherine Nicholls and Rebecca Bredekamp represented Wynberg Girls’ in this year’s event. This tremendous trio, under the supervision of Wynberg’s very own mad scientist, Mr Bodenstein, made Wynberg very proud when they made it all the way into the finals!

The day started off with a bang as our three matrics were thrown head-first into an individual Olympiad in which they each had to answer 40 complex science- and mathematics-based questions within 45 minutes. This was followed by an interesting presentation by a representative of Mintek who gave a few words of advice on how to enjoy high school and university and provided the crowd with some information about metallurgy, chemical engineering, and the role Mintek plays in the South African mining industry, as well as the bursaries Mintek offers. This was followed by another presentation by one of UCT’s lecturers in chemical engineering. This was an inspiring speech aimed at motivating the crowd of students to find their passion and develop problem-solving skills. After an exhausting morning full of activity, our Wynberg team enjoyed a short lunch break and chatted to competitors from the various other schools.

Despite admitting that the Olympiad had been challenging, and despite a slight hiccup relating to the answer sheets that were provided by Mintek, our Wynberg girls did extremely well, outwitting many of their competitors and landing themselves in the finals along with Springfield, Rondebosch Boys’ High, Somerset College and Wynberg Boys’ High.

The finals – an oral quiz in which the top five schools competed in teams against each other – proved to be extremely tough, but our team made us very proud and did their best to answer as many questions as possible.

It was a day full of fun and excitement and by placing fifth overall in their category, our three matrics made Wynberg very proud!

Well done Wynberg!