Winners emerge at Corona inter-school Quiz Competition

Director of Education, Corona Schools, Mrs. Amelia Dafeta (back row); Trustee and Member of Governing Board, Corona Schools Trust Council, Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie, Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina; Head of School, Ikoyi, Mrs. Nike Onafeso; and winners of the 9th Annual Corona Schools Interschool Quiz Competition held at the school premises in Victoria Island, Lagos

Corona School, Ikoyi has emerged winner of the inter School Quiz Competition involving primary five pupils drawn from the various branches of the school.

At the end of the contest, which was split into five broad categories – English, Mathematics, Science, General Knowledge and Mind Gym, Corona Victoria Island School clinched the second place while Apapa School came third.

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

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 with the aim of providing high quality and continuous professional development for teachers.

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

The school’s science teacher, Oladipupo Abdullahi also shared similar sentiments. “It’s been very tasking. We had to put the children through a lot of work. We had to go even a bit above their level, 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 described as an avenue to learn new things beyond classroom, one of the parents, Mrs. Ehi-Kathy Okechukwu commended the Corona Schools Trust Council, saying the exposure was not only a very valuable experience for the students; but parents as well as she learnt a lot from the questions asked.

Commenting on this year’s competition, the sponsor and member of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie said the initiative started 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 did not 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 praised the evolving format of the quiz and also implored the students to take advantage of knowledge and academic excellence being inculcated in them as they prepare to be ambassadors of the school.

Belo-Osagie also charged the students to strive to give back to Corona when they finally embrace the larger society. “One thing I would also like to see from all of you in the future is you coming back and contributing to the school, whether by way of giving time via mentoring, or by sharing your talents.

In his remarks, Head Boy of Corona Ikoyi, Adejare Adesoko said the result was through practice, belief and effort. He added that Corona is a place that prepares one for the future and has no doubt that those who passed through the citadel of learning will one day become future ambassadors of the country.

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