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Literacy

How are the participating schools chosen?

Participating schools are selected by the Education Departments.

How many learners are there in a team?

Each school is represented by five learners. The learners are selected from the pool of
learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6.

What must our team do to prepare for the Growsmart competition?

The literacy participants can prepare for the competition by doing the exercises in the Growsmart newspaper (four copies during the year). The newspapers can be used for classroom reading practice, as the content is based on the curriculum. All the words and questions used in the competition rounds come from these. The only time words from the newspaper are not used, is when there is a tie, i.e. two or more teams have the same high score at the end of a competition round. Only then will they be asked to spell words that are not in the newspapers. 

Story Writing

Who can enter?

Learners are selected from grades 4, 5 & 6. Each learner will receive a writing pack, consisting of a creative writing workbook and various stationery items.

What must the story be about?

There are various topics (which mentors will be provided with). Each participant may choose any of these topics.

How can the learners illustrate the book?

Learners must use the stationery in the writing toolkit (and any other personal stationery) to draw illustrations on the blank pages to match the storyline. They can freely use their imagination, creativity and innovation, but it must be their own work.

What is the deadline for the completed Creative Writing Workbook to be returned?

The completed Creative Writing Workbook, together with the planning books, must be returned by no later than the deadline date provided. The evaluation matrix can be found in the launch booklet provided. The Creative Writing Workbook will be marked by The Western Cape Education Department, Growthpoint and volunteers.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the Story writing competition will be announced at the Growsmart final in September.

Mathematics

How are the participating schools chosen?

Participating schools are selected by the Education Departments.

How many learners are there in a team?

Each school is represented by five learners. The learners are selected from the pool of
learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6.

What must our team do to prepare for the Growsmart competition?

The mathematics participants can prepare for the competition by doing the exercises in the Growsmart newspaper (four copies during the year). The newspapers can be used for classroom mathematics practice, as the content is based on the curriculum. All the questions used in the competition rounds are similar to the mathematics exercises in the newspapers.

General Questions

What if a learner/team member can no longer participate in the competition?

If an individual learner cannot particpate in a their competition, they must request a re-write no less than 24 hours in advance, and motivate it with a medical letter or justified cause on a school letterhead, stamped and signed by the Principal or Deputy Principal. Permission to re-write the competition will be at the descretition of the Growsmart Project Team and the Education Department. You may not replace a team member simply because you think they are not doing well enough. The Growsmart organisers will have to give approval for the replacement of a team member and their decision will be based on the circumstances.

 

Only as it relates to a team competition, example, The Entrepreneurship Competition, the team may continue with only two members, but not less than two. You may have a substitute learner who can take the place of someone who has dropped out, but then the substitute becomes a permanent team member. The learner who dropped out can no longer participate and will not be eligible for any prizes. You may not replace a team member simply because you think they are not doing well enough. The Growsmart organisers will have to give approval for the replacement of a team member and their decision will be based on the circumstances.

Can I enter more than one competition category?

No, you may only compete in one Growsmart competition category. You also cannot have competed in any previous Growsmart competitions.

Which subjects are individual and which ones are entered into as a team?

Literacy, Story Writing and Mathematics are individual participation and pilot Entrepreneurship is a team comprising of three learners.

How do I know if I have progressed to a next level?

You will received an sms and email notification to log into your dashboard.

It will read as follows:-