On Friday, the ASSETS Inter-school Quiz wagon rolled into Bogamachuko, for the western forest semi-final between Boga and Malanga Primary Schools. Both schools had come strongly through their first round matches and were confident prior at the start of the quiz.
Indeed, it proved to be a titanic battle. Both teams were answering the majority of questions correctly, and when one team gave ground to the other, the deficit was swiftly recovered in the next round.
Quick-fire questions on General Knowledge, Environment and Health opened the quiz, before the pace was changed with a round that required students to create as many words as possible from the word ‘Elephant’. Ultimately the round that changed things was ‘Spell Check’, in the style of a Spelling Bee. Students were given a word and a sentence to contextualise it, and were then asked to spell the word. This is where Malanga began to open up a lead, gaining 13 points on Boga. Ultimately this advantage proved to be unassailable, and although Boga were able to make small gains in the ‘Bird Anatomy’ and ‘Water Cycle’ round, Malanga held their own in the other quick-fire question rounds and the Crossword game.
So it is Malanga who will be making the trip to the other side of the forest on November 14th, to meet Mijomboni Primary school in the Quiz Final at Turtle Bay Beach Club on the coast in Watamu. The final will constitute the last part of a Local Ocean Day, a day designed to engage local schools and community groups of Watamu in fun beach-based activities and increase levels of enthusiasm and education in the health of the ocean environment. We hope that there will therefore be a great audience for the quiz and that the finalists receive the support that their efforts deserve.