The air in the Kronendal Primary School hall was charged with excitement on Friday September 8 when more than 120 pupils from 20 Hout Bay schools and schools as far afield as Simon’s Town and Koeberg pitted their wits against each other about energy efficiency and transportation in the annual Thrive EnviroQuiz/Art competition.
The Hout Bay International School was the winner of the Senior EnviroQuiz Trophy, while the Junior EnviroQuiz competition was won for the second year in a row by the German school.
Second and third eco prizes in the junior section were won by Llandudno and Kronendal primary schools respectively.
In the senior section, second and third eco prizes valued at R1 500 were won by the two Manzomthobo High teams from Mfuleni.
Eco Prize vouchers totalling R16 000 were donated by Franki Africa, while quiz team prizes, spot prizes and gifts were donated by more than 30 local businesses.
Silikamva High School won the Senior EnviroArt competition and eco voucher valuing R1 500, while the Junior EnviroArt competition was won by KommetjiePrimarySchool, which also won a voucher for R1 500.
Kronendal and Hout Bay Montessori shared the joint second Eco Prize in the Junior Art category with International School of Hout Bay coming in third place.
The Greenest school of Hout Bay is now Llandudno Primary, which won the beautiful Globe floating trophy for the first time. Kronendal Primary and Hout Bay High came second and third in the competition.
All three winning schools will send their eco teams on a weekend’s trail with a one night stay over in the People’s Hut
on Table Mountain. This prize was donated by SANParks.
The local Pick n Pay store, sponsored and served teams, the audience and volunteers with refreshments at interval.
A healthy snack of fruit and juice was offered to pupils which helped to achieve a zero waste event with orange and banana peels going to compost.
“Next year’s EnviroQuiz/Art theme will be ‘zero waste, let’s not waste potential’ and will be held on the first Friday of September,” said Thrive’s Bronwen Lankers-Byrne.