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SA Astro Champions Announced

The Astro Quiz team from Maranatha School, not only won the Regional competition, but was aslo crowned National Astro Champions at the finals during October!

The four young “scientists” from the school say that they really enjoyed the experience and have made new friends from other provinces that also took part in the quiz. Over and above all the knowledge they have gathered, they have received lovely technological gifts. The final and National round of the quiz took place at the Johannesburg Observatory, on Thursday 8 October, to coincide with the celebration of the discovery of the Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the earth (except for the sun of course).

This discovery was made from Johannesburg in 1915, by astronomer Robert Innes, a hundred years ago. The annual quiz covers a very wide variety of astrology topics like planets, stars, galaxies, the speed of light, rotation of the earth, seasons, equinoxes, phases of the moon and so much more. The nine teams from the different provinces of South Africa at his year’s National final quiz, had to face in depth questions of which most were quite tough. What a great surprise awaited the Maranatha team and teacher Anne Slabbert when Maranatha, and therfore Mpumalanga, was announced the National winning team, during the formal prize-giving ceremony at the Observatory.

A lovely trophy was handed to the team but each member also received his or her own special trophy. Congratulations Louis Musoke, Zethembe Nxumalo, Nothando Nkambule and Christopher Ries. You really did your school, your town and your province proud. Congratulations also to Mrs Slabbert, definitely a proud science teacher and to the school as a whole for achieving so exeptionally well.

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