Clarendon Park team in international quiz final

LITERARY CREW: Clarendon Park Primary pupils Savannah Swanepoel, from left, Sarah Mackenzie, Amy Gajjar and Simon Riordan will compete in the International Kids Lit Quiz in Johannesburg on Saturday. Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at the University of Auckland who introduced the quiz in New Zealand in 1991, stands behind the pupils
LITERARY CREW: Clarendon Park Primary pupils Savannah Swanepoel, from left, Sarah Mackenzie, Amy Gajjar and Simon Riordan will compete in the International Kids Lit Quiz in Johannesburg on Saturday. Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at the University of Auckland who introduced the quiz in New Zealand in 1991, stands behind the pupils

CLARENDON Park Primary came out tops in the Port Elizabeth leg for the International Kids Lit Quiz this week.

Clarendon Park pupils Savannah Swanepoel, Sarah Mackenzie, Amy Gajjar and Simon Riordan will now compete in the national finals in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The winners will compete against England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and now China and Singapore in what has been dubbed the “Olympic Games of reading”.

Convener of the South African leg Marj Brown said: “The quiz celebrates and rewards reading and literary knowledge.”

This is the 12th year that South Africa is participating in the quiz.

“We’re very proud of our achievements in the past.

“We look forward to seeing what comes out of this year’s quiz and hopefully we’ll come home with the world championship title,” she said.

The quiz questions are set by Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at the University of Auckland who introduced the quiz in New Zealand in 1991.

Mills, who is commended for his contributions to building literacy, was awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal for his services to children’s literature in 2008. He will travel to each of the regionals to play quiz master.

The Kids Lit Quiz, now in its 24th year, quizzes children aged 10 to 13 on various themes.

-The Herald Reporter 

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