St John’s Emerald Hill hosts Orate Africa competitions

By Shingirai Vambe

HARARE – Catholic run St John’s Emerald Hill High School recently played host to more than 20 schools competing at a quiz, spelling B, English and Shona public-speaking event organised by Orate Africa for Harare and Mashonaland East.

Winners will participate in the national competitions to be held later this year on a date yet to be decided.

In the quiz category, Zengeza 1 High got 24 points followed by St Francis of Assisi with 20 points and Rusununguko at number three with 19 points.

In other categories, the hosts managed to be in the top 10 together with Vainona which had 14 points in public speaking. A pupil from Rusununguko was the most outstanding in the spelling bee category.

Twenty participants in English and Shona public speaking, 20 from quiz and 20 from spelling bee categories will take part in the nationals.

“I am happy that we scooped an award after garnering 24 points but we still have a lot to learn and we also want to try other areas as well,” said a participant from Zengeza 1 High School.

St John’s Emerald Hill High head, Sister Vimbai Bhoroma said she was delighted the school was chosen as hosts to the many competitors from the two provinces.

“The programme communicates directly to the new curriculum and we are glad our children had an opportunity to take part in this massive event. All the categories of the competition are critical to the development and education of our children.

“It is through participating in these kind of events that our school won an award in the Sadc quiz and public speaking competitions last year,” said Sr Bhoroma.

Many prominent personalities like Nigel Chanakira, Pokello Nare and Shingi Munyeza among others are alumni of St Johns Emerald Hill run by the Order of  Dominican Sisters.