RMIT Vietnam NewsOlympia High School wins School Challenge 2016

Olympia High School wins School Challenge 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:01
A close match between Olympia High School and Hanoi Amsterdam
Olympia High crowned 2016 School Challenge champs

Olympia High School recently beat out three other schools to win School Challenge, a quiz-show themed competition organised by RMIT Vietnam at 20 high schools from the north of Vietnam.

Based on the well-known University Challenge in the United Kingdom, RMIT Vietnam's competition aimed to improve the English skills and general knowledge of high school students.

"We asked many questions that you can't find in textbooks," said Centre of English Language Educator Nicolas Cooke who initiated the project.

"The questions were from various fields: math, geography, history, art, social, film, entertainment, pop culture etc. You name it we asked it."

The final round of the competition was close, with Olympia High School narrowly edging out Amsterdam Specialised High School by a score of 155 to 145.  

Tuan Anh, a Professional Communication student from RMIT Vietnam, was in the audience for the final.

"It was so exciting. The participants were all really good. The result could have gone either way," said Tuan Anh.

"There were some moments when I just couldn’t help deeply admiring those students. Their knowledge was broad and their English skills were superb."

The first prize for the competition included six mini iPads, one for each team member. The second prize was Sony headphones.

The School Challenge attracted participants from 20 high schools from Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh.

The School Challenge competition was a first for RMIT Vietnam. Its organisers intend to make it an annual contest.

Story: Van Doan