22 September 2016 – The Saint Andrew’s grade six class recently entered six teams of six in The Sasol – Forever Resorts Enviro Quiz Competition and produced dazzling results.
The leading team from each school was identified to represent those schools, with Saints’ top performers, known as Saints of Science, having their work described as “excellent” by the organiser, Wikus Koen.
Scoring an astounding 100 percent, they qualified for the top 100 schools and the semi-finals with ease.
The members of Saints of Science – Andro Louw, Muhammad Cassim, Tlotlang Ntwaeaborwa, Christiaan van Reenen, Tshenolo Mangoejane, and Joshua Horak – were rewarded in Chapel on Thursday when they were each presented with a medal, a colour certificate and R60.
Saints of Science – Tlotlang Ntwaeaborwa, Christiaan van Reenen, Joshua Horak, Tshenolo Mangoejane, Andro Louw and Muhammad Cassim – with teacher Thea-Elé Viljoen, show off their certificates, medals and prize money for their superb performance in the first round of The Sasol – Forever Resorts Enviro Quiz Competition
The second part of the competition, the semi-finals, involved establishing a small 1.5m x 1.5m garden. After being provided with seeds, the boys again did fantastic work in making the project a success. Their garden projects, which had to include photos of the work done, had to be completed by 21 September and will next be judged between 3 and 7 October.
“Their radishes and Swiss chard were amazing. Christiaan [van Reenen] even took his little seedlings with him on holiday to the coast!” grade six teacher Thea-Elé Viljoen shared.
“His carrots germinated first. They started in little egg containers and as they germinated they transplanted them. Then they got egg shells, which they broke down, to keep snails away, because it hurts them if they go over the shells.”
The boys tend to the garden, which was their semi-final project
Describing the work that went into the boys’ garden, she said: “They made a little A-frame, covered by cloth, to protect the seeds and had little flower pots, which they started the seeds in before moving them to the 1.5m by 1.5m garden. They used grey water (the run-off from rooftops into JoJo tanks, bathwater or washing water) to help them grow.”
The success of the Saints of Science has been all about their ability to work together, Mrs Viljoen added: “They are brilliant. In saying that, I really mean it. They can think through a problem. If a challenge arises, they know how to tackle it, but they do it together.
“They didn’t work on their own. Not at all! They got together [each week] on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and did it together.”
The best teams from the semi-final will be announced on the first day of the fourth term, with the finals then taking place at the Forever Resort Gariep at the end of October.