How are the participating schools chosen?
Participating schools are selected by the Western Cape Education Department.
How many learners are there in a team?
Each school is represented by one team of three learners. The team members are selected from the pool of learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6.
What if a team member can no longer participate in the 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 from then on 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 because 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.
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. The Story writing participants will be given specific topics and be provided with two books – one that can be used as a work book and the other to be used for the completed story, with illustrations. The science teams to be expected to complete a project and the maths participants will be given questions that are similar to the examples that occurred in the newspapers.