Win­ners Emerge at Corona In­ter-school Quiz

THISDAY - - EDUCATION -

Solomon Elu­soji

Af­ter a feisty con­test in­volv­ing five pri­mary arms, com­pris­ing four rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Corona Schools, Corona Ikoyi School, La­gos has emerged the over­all best at the ninth Corona In­ter­school Quiz Com­pe­ti­tion, which was held at its Vic­to­ria Is­land School premises re­cently.

The re­sult of the com­pe­ti­tion, which was split into four broad cat­e­gories- English Lan­guage, Math­e­mat­ics, Sci­ence, Gen­eral Knowl­edge, and Mind Gym­saw Corona Vic­to­ria Is­land School clinch the sec­ond place, while Corona Apapa School came third.

The re­sults of each cat­e­gory were more demo­cratic, sig­ni­fy­ing the gen­eral bril­liance of each par­tic­i­pat­ing school. In the English Lan­guage cat­e­gory, Ikoyi and Vic­to­ria Is­land were tied for first po­si­tion; in Math­e­mat­ics, Ikoyi, Vic­to­ria Is­land, Apapa and Gba­gada also shared the first po­si­tion; in Sci­ence, Apapa was num­ber one; in Gen­eral Knowl­edge, Ikoyi, Vic­to­ria Is­land and Gba­gada shared the spot; while in Mind Gym, Ikoyi came first.

The first Corona School, Ikoyi Day Nurs­ery, es­tab­lished in March 1955 has grown to in­clude seven more in­sti­tu­tions; in­clud­ing Corona Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion which was es­tab­lished to pro­vide qual­ity con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers.

Bask­ing in the eu­pho­ria of a suc­cess­ful out­ing, the Head Boy of Corona Ikoyi, who was also part of the win­ning quiz team, Ade­jare Ades­oko, said the re­sult was through prac­tice, be­lief and ef­fort. He added that the school pre­pares one for the fu­ture and has no doubt that those who pass through the ci­tadel of learn­ing will one day be­come fu­ture am­bas­sadors of the coun­try.

Shar­ing the se­cret of the school’s suc­cess, a Math­e­mat­ics teacher in the Ikoyi School, Vic­tor Omidele, said the pupils’ achieve­ment at the com­pe­ti­tion was as a re­sult of con­stant prac­tice. “It started with prac­tis­ing with the chil­dren, us­ing sev­eral ques­tions within the cur­ricu­lum and out­side; went as far as go­ing on­line to get likely ques­tions and to God be the glory, today we came out tops.

Cor­rob­o­rat­ing Omidele’s views, the sci­ence teacher, Oladipupo Ab­dul­lahi said “it has been very task­ing. We had to put the chil­dren through a lot of work. We had to go even a bit above their level be­cause we had to pre­pare for the un­known, be­cause we didn’t know the kind of ques­tions that would be com­ing up.”

Laud­ing the quiz ini­tia­tive which she be­lieves is an av­enue for the pupils to learn new things be­yond class­room, one of the par­ents, Mrs. Ehi-Kathy Okechukwu com­mended the Corona Schools Trust Coun­cil, say­ing that the ex­po­sure was not only a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for the pupils; even as a par­ent, she learnt a lot from the ques­tions that were asked.

Com­ment­ing on this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, the spon­sor and mem­ber of the Corona Schools’ Trust Coun­cil, Dr. Myma BeloOsagie said it was set up nine years ago to broaden the scope of stu­dents’ knowl­edge. “Corona has al­ways main­tained a rep­u­ta­tion for aca­demic ex­cel­lence. But what we were lack­ing at the time was a sense of the world around us. We didn’t have much gen­eral knowl­edge and that was why we started this quiz- to help our stu­dents ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of know­ing what is go­ing on out­side of their par­tic­u­lar bub­ble.”

She lauded the evolv­ing for­mat of the quiz and also im­plored the pupils to take ad­van­tage of the knowl­edge and aca­demic ex­cel­lence be­ing in­cul­cated in them as they pre­pare to be am­bas­sadors of the school.

Some of the highlights at the com­pe­ti­tion were choral per­for­mance, which was won by Corona Ikoyi. There were also im­promptu speeches from stu­dents of Corona Sec­ondary School, Ag­bara, who rep­re­sented the school’s four houses: Crane, King Fisher, Heron and Weaver. Heron House won that cat­e­gory. A sole po­etry was also per­formed by Shalom Emeka, a Corona Sec­ondary School stu­dent. The five hour event was rounded up with prizes pre­sen­ta­tion for the best stu­dents in Corona’s an­nual sec­ond term gen­eral ex­am­i­na­tions.

Present at the quiz com­pe­ti­tion was the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Corona School’s Trust Coun­cil, Ade­doyin Adesina and the School’s Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion, Amelia Dafeta.

From left (back row): The Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion, Corona Schools, Mrs. Amelia Dafeta; Trustee and mem­ber, Gov­ern­ing Board, Corona Schools Trust Coun­cil, Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Corona Schools Trust Coun­cil, Mrs. Adey­oyin Adesina, Head of Corona School, Ikoyi, Mrs. Nike Onafeso, with the win­ners (Corona School, Ikoyi pupils) dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of gifts to the win­ners at the ninth an­nual Corona Schools In­ter-school Quiz Com­pe­ti­tion in La­gos… re­cently

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