The first batch of schools for the 2020 National Science & Maths Quiz One-eighth Stage have arrived at the University of Ghana, Legon to begin their journey for the National Championship.
In this year’s competition, all students, teachers and the NSMQ organizing team will undergo mandatory covid-19 testing as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the competition.
On Tuesday 23rd September, 2020, 27 seeded schools as well as qualified schools from the Northern Zone, Bono-Ahafo Zone, Greater Accra Regions and the organizing team from Primetime Limited underwent Covid-19 testing ahead of the One-eighth stage of the competition.
In accordance with Covid-19 measures, the first batch of schools had an interactive orientation session where they had the opportunity to ask questions and seek qualifications on issues of concern from the organizers. Contestants and their teachers were also provided with Vitamin C and Zinc tablets to boost their immune system. Students will continue to receive face masks during contest to guarantee that the appropriate mask is being used.
Commenting on the measures taken to safeguard contestants, Ms. Salomey Maarku-Chirebu, a Chemistry teacher and HOD of the St. Peter’s SHS Science Department applauded Primetime Limited on taking the necessary precautionary measure of testing all contestants and teachers competing in this year’s NSMQ. According to her the free test organized by Primetime is at a huge advantage for schools who would feel more confident in knowing their status and safety as they compete.
During the orientation session, Mrs. Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, the Managing Director of Primetime Limited emphasized on the Covid-19 protocols, expectations of contestants at the NSMQ camp, the rules and regulations of the competition. She also informed the gathering of the presence of psychologists at the NSMQ camp who will be available to assist contestants during this period to ensure that contestants are in the right frame of mind to compete and be able to bear with the pressure of the competition.
At the official launch on 1st September, 2020, Prime Time Ghana announced that there will be no live audience participation for this year’s competition, however Primetime has rescinded this decision and will allow a limited number of people who adhere to Covid-19 protocols into the venue on competition days.
For the first time in the long running history of the competition, two contests will occur concurrently daily during the One-eighth Stage to cut down the number of competition days. The 40 winners from the Preliminary stage will compete alongside the 27 seeded schools and 14 national top runners-up at the one-eight stage. Winners of these contests will progress to the Quarterfinal Stage of the competition.
On Wednesday 23rd September, a tiebreaker contest will be held between Adu Gyamfi SHS, Bueman SHS, Kumasi High School and St. Mary’s SHS, Accra to secure the last two slots as the 14 top runners-up to compete in NSMQ2020. There will be no live streaming of this tiebreaker contest; however there will be round by round updates on social media.
The balloting for the One-eighth Stage will be live streamed on all NSMQ social media platforms on Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 at 5:00pm GMT.
Here’s a timeline of events to look forward to in this year’s National Science & Maths Quiz.
- Monday, September 21 & Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Arrival of participating schools.
- Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – Friday, September 25, 2020: Mandatory COVID-19 tests.
- Tuesday, September 22 – Friday, September 25, 2020: Orientation on interactive boards.
- Wednesday, September 23: Orientation, Tiebreaker Contest & Balloting for One-Eighth Stage Contests
- Wednesday, September 23 – October 6, 2020: Mentorship Sessions at 1pm.
- Saturday, September 26, 2020: Teachers & Consultants’ Forum
- Monday, September 28, 2020 – Thursday, October 1, 2020: One-Eighth Stage
- Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4, 2020: Quarterfinal Stage.
- Tuesday, October 6, 2020: Semi-finals
- Thursday, October 8, 2020: Closing Ceremony and Grand Finale.
How To Surprise Your GirlfriendOn Her Birthday
If you want to make your girlfriend feel special on her birthday, there are a lot of things that you can do. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make her feel loved and appreciated.
In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:
Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Here are some ideas:
- Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
- Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
- Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉
Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.
As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!
If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!
Take her on an unconventional date.
A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.
If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.
You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).
Get her a thoughtful gift.
When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!
A few ideas:
- Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
- Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)
Spend more time with her than you usually do.
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.
You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?
Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!
important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!
Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
- Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
- Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
- Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
- Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
- Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!
Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.
Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.
If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.
Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.
This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!
Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).
Give her a private dance party.
If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.
You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.
If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!
Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.
One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.
The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.
For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!
You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money
You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.
Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.
To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.