Last week two Junior School teams took part in the area heat of the national general knowledge quiz. After last year’s appearance in the national final hopes were high but we had several newcomers to the teams this year who had yet to experience the tension of the competition.
Each team had pupils from Years 3-6. PGJS 1 included Verity McStay, Isabella Tarttelin, Dawn Sands, and Ben Robinson. Team 2 contained Christopher Yang, Emilia Talen, Lewis Ndahiro and Rufus Lee. They were up against 7 other teams in the area from as far afield as Winchester and Alton who had travelled to take part.
There were 40 questions on a wide variety of subjects such as the surname of the last Tsar of Russia and who invented dynamite. All children had to confer as a team and press a handset to register their answer. It was a very close-fought contest with PGJS 1 and 2 exchanging the lead several times throughout the contest whilst just keeping ahead of St John’s and Mayville. Going into the last round our teams were in first and second place and thankfully managed to maintain their lead for Team 1 to win with Team 2 second.
This is the first time in all the years of the competition that our teams have occupied both the top two slots.
Quizmaster Simon Blair, known to TV viewers for Channel 4’s Child Genius programme, was extremely impressed by the standard of answering and knowledge, saying it was one of the highest scoring heats in the country.
PGJS 1 now progress to the national semi-final.