CONGRATULATIONS: MGPS - NATIONAL KIDS LITERATURE CHAMPIONS
Manor Gardens Primary School’s Kids Lit Quiz teams participated very successfully in the KZN provincial round held at Durban Girls College on Tuesday. The school’s first team comprising Michaela Crankshaw (7H), Jemma Kasavan (7S), Jaskaran Rajaruthnam (7S) and Sam Walker (7H) took first position and our second team comprising Sebastian Burger (6D), Akhil Naidoo (6D), Judah Reneke (5S), and Jack White (6S), took fourth position.
Manor Gardens Primary School’s Kids Lit Quiz First Team won the Kids Lit Quiz National Final held in Johannesburg this Saturday. This is a wonderful result for our small public school and we are all very proud of our Kids Lit Quiz champions, Mrs Isobel Sobey, the Media Centre teacher, and the teachers who work tirelessly at constantly raising the bar in educating the children at Manor Gardens Primary.
The Kids Lit Quiz is an enormously tough international competition that tests the literary knowledge of children between the ages of 10 -13 years and is affectionately known as the "Olympic Games of Reading". The Kids Lit Quiz is the brain child of Wayne Mills, a university lecturer from New Zealand, who came up with the concept twenty-seven years ago. He calls it "The Sport of Reading". He developed the quiz to promote reading for pleasure and to reward good readers in the same way that sports stars are rewarded by their schools and communities. The first quiz took place in 1991. In that first year 14 teams took part. Today it has grown into a hugely popular annual event spanning five continents with +- 20 000 children participating in heats throughout the year.
As South African champions, the Manor Gardens Primary First team has been invited to compete in the World Finals in Auckland, New Zealand in July this year against the top teams from China, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia. The Kids Lit Quiz organization covers accommodation, meals and activities for the teams but transport to the World Final is not covered. We are gratefully accepting any and all donations or fundraising ideas to cover the travelling costs for the four team members and two adult coaches. We estimate these costs to be in the region of R100,000.
South Africans can donate directly to the school using these banking details:
Bank : First National Bank
Branch : Davenport
Branch Code : 220226 (cash deposits)
Account No : 50710287068
Account Name: Manor Gardens Primary School
Reference : Lit Quiz
PLEASE NOTE: The school is a registered Public Benefit Organization (tax reference 930000373) and can provide receipts for tax purposes for donations of R1000.00 or over (or equivalent in other currencies).
MGPS won the 2011 Kids Lit Quiz World Finals which were held in New Zealand, came second at the 2015 World Finals which were held in the United States of America and now we stand a good chance of winning the World title again in New Zealand.