Current events interest ‘vital’

Year 9 and 10 pupils listen to a question during the Otago Daily Times Extra! quiz at Kaikorai...
Year 9 and 10 pupils listen to a question during the Otago Daily Times Extra! quiz at Kaikorai Valley College last night. Photos: Peter McIntosh.
Otago Boys’ High School pupils (from left) Michael Crosson, Luka Mandich and Luke Geddes.
Otago Boys’ High School pupils (from left) Michael Crosson, Luka Mandich and Luke Geddes.
Bayfield High School pupils (from left) Finn Cattaway, Meg O’Connor and Ben Coory.
Bayfield High School pupils (from left) Finn Cattaway, Meg O’Connor and Ben Coory.
Taieri College pupils (from left) Jacob Smith, Cameron Stewart and Gibson Wheeler.
Taieri College pupils (from left) Jacob Smith, Cameron Stewart and Gibson Wheeler.

Retiring Otago Daily Times Extra! editor Ivan Behrnes urged pupils to nurture their  interest in current events as he signed off from the role.

Mr Behrnes and his wife Ann  presided over their last current events quiz,  for years 9 and 10, at Kaikorai Valley College yesterday.

Mr Behrnes founded the educational magazine in Timaru three decades ago, bringing it to the Otago Daily Times in 2003.

Mr Behrnes said parents and grandparents had gained much enjoyment over the years reading  children’s work published in the supplement.

Mr Behrnes told the secondary school pupils it was "critical" for them to retain a strong interest in current events.

Otago Boys’ High School (team 2) won the quiz, scoring 97 out of 100 points. In second place was Bayfield High School (team 7) with 96 points, ahead of Taieri College (team 4) on 95 points. The ODT plans to continue to publish the Extra! magazine for primary, intermediate and secondary school pupils.

eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz

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