There were no balls involved, no running and no goal scoring but the competition was fierce and the competitors were prepared for battle against the best in the province!
Herbert Hurd pupils were, once again, taking part in the international literature competition, the Kids' Lit Quiz. This competition is open to pupils in all English speaking countries of the world. It was devised by Wayne Mills, former professor of Children's Literature at the University old Auckland, New Zealand, who felt children needed recognition for participating in what he termed 'the sport do reading'.
This year our 'sportsmen' were Tara Klue, Danika van der Berg, David Forbes and Jayden van den Berg. They joined 22 other teams from schools in and around Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. These teams had to answer 100 questions from ten different categories, all related, in some way, to books and literature.
Parents and spectators also got a chance to show off their literary knowledge. Wayne Mills has questions for the audience as well - he believes it is important for the children to see their parents and teachers involved with reading too.
This year, Kingswood College, from Grahamstown, took the top position and their team will be going to Johannesburg next week for the South African final. The winner of that competition will then participate in the world final in Toronto later this year.
Our Herbert Hurd team did not take any of the top positions, but they enjoyed the experience, learned a lot and, hopefully, were inspired to read more widely and more adventurously. And, really, that is what it should be about!