Combretum Trust scooped the number one spot during the National High School Spelling and Quiz Central Zone competition, which took place at Windhoek’s Immanuel Shifidi High School hall recently.
The event was proudly sponsored by Nampower and is popularly known as SpellQuizBee.
Combretum Trust garnered a total of 34 points, followed in second spot by the Windhoek Technical High School which scored 30 points.
Hage Geingob came in third with a total of 15 points and St. Joseph was fourth with six points.
A total 40 schools from Windhoek, Rehoboth, Okahandja, Gobabis and Groot Aub competed for top honours in the popular event that transpired at a pack hall.
In other awards and in the senior spelling category, Martha Shikonyeni of Windhoek High, Victoria Gideon of Khomas High, Larnelle Garnie of Berg-Op Academy (Okahandja) and Martha Eichas of Dawid Bezuidenhout HS made their way to the finals in that category.
For the juniors, Rene French from Windhoek High and Annakie Nakela from Wennie De Plessis made it to the finals in the junior spelling category.
Nampower-Combretum Trust and Nampower-Windoek Technical HS will represent the Central Zone in the November finals which will be held at the Nampower Convention Centre in Windhoek.
Speaking at the handing over of a grant of N$200 000 as Nampower’s contribution to the competition, the Head of Foundation at the company said research studies have shown that spelling improves reading fluency as well as vocabulary and comprehension.
“You are here because you were champions at your various schools and that alone makes you worthy winners. I am sure your teachers tell you repeatedly about the importance of spelling. But in this technologically advance times, with most gadgets equipped with spell checkers, some students consider spelling lessons unnecessary. You are therefore on the right path and should pat each other on the back for having the right choice,” she told the participating learners, teachers and parents.
She added that Nampower will continue to support worthy causes such as the SpellQuizBee and it proud to be associated with it.
“Yes, we will continue to provide electrical infrastructure to this country and at the same time, finances allowing, support to deserving programmes like SpellQuizBee,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Khomas Regional Education Director, Thea Seefeldt says Government was delighted that a programme was initiated.
SpellQuizBee is one of those activities that do not only serve as a source of entertainment for our learners. It also allows them to interact and have fun. Event like this provide a form of competition and gives learners a sense of achievement,” she says in a speech read on her behalf.
“Thanks to the Omalaeti Media Group and the Ministry of Education. We also want to thank Nampower for investing in education.
Seefeldt further stated that the Ministry of Education has a great task to mould the youth into citizens who are proficient in English.
“Through the participation in SpellQuizBee, learners do not only learn how to spell words, they listen to words and in the process learn the correct pronunciation, they enhance listening skills which seems to be challenging in our education system, and most importantly, these learners will be exposed to public speaking. This is a vital skill for the job market especially when it comes to a platform such as interviews,” she says.
She added that educators owe it to the learners to give them the skills that are the tools to learning and communication through their education and their lives.