At the break of dawn, three groups of five zealous nature lovers – the year 1s, year 2s and year 3s have gathered in Singapore Botanic Gardens on 16th January, ready to give their best shot in the first ever Nature Race 2016!
As the sun rays permeates to the deepest reaches of botanic gardens, the three groups started their race against time, as well as against their strong competitors.
While the terrapins are happily frolicking in the lake, the 3 teams continued their strut under the relentless beating of the sun.
Minutes turned to hours, and hours turned to … 2 hours. The contestants began to feel fatigue setting in. Beads of sweat rolled down the sides of the forehead, but the groups will not allow fatigue to wear them down… not in this momentous day. Suddenly, the contestants’ ears perked up at the sound of the Asian Koel (also known as the most annoying bird that never fails to wake you up from your morning slumber). Their heads raised immediately in response and scanned the surrounding trees for that elusive bird.
After the successful identification of the bird, the referee posed the bonus question to the groups (an opportunity for them to double their points if they got the correct answer). The periodical chorus of the cicadas seemed to harmonised with the group’s fervent discussion. A consensus was reached. Their answer was announced as a resounding ‘Correct’. That seemed to have injected a new found confidence in the contestants. ‘Gotta Catch Em’ All!!!’ (Not literally, of course) With the newly found hype and confidence, the group continued their Journey to the West… of Singapore Botanic Gardens to explore new landmarks.
As the clock ticked down to final minutes of the race, the sky wept in sorrow. Beads of rain turned to a heavy downpour… and one group – the year 2s, was left stranded. Sticks and stones may break their bones, but … a little downpour never hurt nobody. The y2s braved through the rain with their brollies. May I just give an honourable mention to Nicholas (team y2s) who has so kindly sacrificed himself by offering his one and only umbrella to two damsels in distress. ‘Chivalry is not dead’ Joeline added.
The results of the race was consolidated by the main committee at the end of the race. The competition was indeed stiff. It came down to the y3s and the y2s to vie for the coveted first place! The tie-breaker question – ‘How big is Singapore Botanic Gardens’ has caught both groups off guard as they were not able to use the map or Google for help. Rain it may, but not on their parade! Despite the ongoing downpour, the 2 groups’ spirit were not dampened by the rain. Racing against the time limit of 2 minutes to answer the question, the groups gave their best shot in estimating the size of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. One group came out victorious with the closest estimation… the first ever winner of Nature Race was…
I am pleased to announce that all our teams got the top three positions! The year 1s taking the impressive third spot, and the year 3s with the second position.
The Student Committee would like to thank all the participants who took time out during their valuable Saturday for Nature Race 2016! We hope to see you again!
Pak Hui Ying