Singapore, 31 July 2013 – Raffles Institution emerged the champion for The Straits Times - Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz, also known as The Big Quiz, after trouncing three other finalist teams at an exciting and intense final battle at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore today.
This was the second time the school clinched the coveted title, with an overall score of 210. The team, comprising members Jeremy Khoo Jia Hern, Gabriel Wong Hong Zhe, Kuek Jai Yao and Ng Qi Siang (Reserve) took home the champion trophy and $5,000 cash prize.
Coming in second and third were the teams from Hwa Chong Institution and River Valley High School, winning $3,000 and $1,000 respectively. The fourth place went to Nanyang Junior College, with $500. Their overall scores were 180, 150 and 40 respectively.
The finalists had to compete in four segments to determine the eventual winner. The four segments were Think Fast, Make Your Point, Team's Choice and Buzz In. The team with the highest score after the four segments was declared the overall champion.
Into its second year, the Big Quiz was jointly organised by The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education, and supported by the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, the presenting sponsor. Shell was the innovation partner of the event.
Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Education and Law, who was the Guest of Honour, gave away the prizes
A total of 24 teams took part in this year's Quiz , which was open to all Pre-U 1 and Year 5 students of 24 schools. School teams took part in the Quiz’s preliminary round starting July 17 and the semi-finals on July 24.
The questions in the Quiz were culled from content in The Straits Times since January this year. As part of the news outreach in the lead up to the quiz contest, The Straits Times ran 12-weekly primers - in print and online - on a wide range of topics, which were used by the students and their teachers every for discussion of the topics during General Paper (GP) lessons. The Ministry of Education (MOE) also supported by developing accompanying resources for teachers to facilitate classroom discussions.
Besides the primers, The Straits Times journalists also went to selected schools to give talks and engage students in dialogue sessions.
To reach out to more students and give them a say on topical issues, a new segment, known as the ‘Thought Leadership Question’, was added to the weekly primers, as part of the outreach programme. Students were encouraged to submit essays to share their thoughts on a weekly question posed. Excerpts of the top three entries were published in The Straits Times each week and the overall best entry was awarded the grand prize of $1,000 cash vouchers.
The grand-prize winner of the ‘Thought Leadership Question’ segment, sponsored by energy company Shell, was Lee Geng Yu from Temasek Junior College.
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