St Joseph’s Private School national champ and first runner up in SPM Bible Knowledge Quiz

The finals of the 25th National SPM Bible Knowledge Quiz was held via Zoom on 14 August 2021. 10 teams made it to the finals. It was an oral quiz with 2 participants in each team. 

There were 3 teams from St Joseph’s Private School who represented Kuching Region. The others were SMK Methodist Sibu representing Miri/Sibu/Bintulu Region; SM St Patrick Tawau and SM Lok Yuk Kota Kinabalu representing Sabah/Labuan Region; SMJK Chung Ling and Penang Chinese Girls’ High School for Northern Region; St Francis Institution Melaka representing Southern Region; and Wesley Methodist School Kuala Lumpur (International) for Central Region.

These 10 teams made it to the finals after the semi-finals round which saw a total of 169 teams from all over Malaysia participating. The semi-finals was held online on 31 July 2021 using MCQ format (multiple-choice questions).

Ms Moey Yoke Lai, former CEO of Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) who is the adviser of the quiz welcomed the finalists and guests at the beginning. She also prayed for a smooth running of the quiz. Next, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, the Deputy Minister of Education II gave a speech. He emphasised on the importance of the role of NGOs like the Federation of Christian Mission Schools Malaysia (FCMSM) in their contribution towards quality education in Malaysia. FCMSM is the organiser of this annual quiz.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SPM National Bible Knowledge quiz. Praise and thanks be to Almighty God for sustaining this quiz for the past 25 years. This quiz is open to all students from Form 3 to 5, and is based on the Bible Knowledge paper which is offered as an elective in SPM every year. This quiz is also endorsed by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia.

Eunice Wong and Natalie Song of St Joseph’s Private School emerged as the champion team in this year’s quiz while their school counterparts, Lau Zhi You and Ehlena Lau followed as the first runner up team. Third placing went to Ivan Yap and Emery Edgar Kabi from SM St Patrick of Tawau. Our third qualifying team in the finals took the fifth place. Congratulations to our teams. Well done! God bless your hard work and great effort.

Below are remarks by our finalists:

My teammate and I headed into the quiz with many doubts and worries but now, I am beyond grateful and happy that everything we put into this was fruitful. – Eunice Wong

Our success was not without tears, frustration and dedication, so I’m just really glad all our prayers and revision paid off. Coming out on top made me realise the truth behind the saying by Jesus, “a worker should be given his pay”, for whoever does their best will definitely be rewarded. – Natalie Song

I think the overall experience was a rollercoaster ride of emotions but the things I thus learned and 2nd place finish was a more than satisfactory justification to the sleepless nights and effort I put in. – Lau Zhi You

I am relieved our efforts brought us thus far. I would like to also credit my partner and teachers who have made this first and last time possible. Slip-ups, fist bumps and jittery nerves aside, it was truly a feat won through “Ora et Labora” – prayer and labour. – Ehlena Lau

I would  like to convey my gratitude for Mr. Ben, my teammate Natalie, my invigilator Fr. Stanley and everyone who has given me help and support along the way. This experience has definitely made a worthwhile contribution to my journey in learning more about God. – Lydia Ngieng

This competition has definitely been fun and slightly stressful, but I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to take part. Through this competition, I realised that other than putting in effort and working hard, prayer is also important because in the end the results are in God’s hands. It was a memorable experience that I will not forget. – Natalie Low