On Wednesday 26 February two St Swithun’s Junior School quiz
teams headed to Portsmouth Grammar Junior School to compete in the area heats
of the ‘The National Key Stage 2 General Knowledge Quiz Championships.’
Each team consisted of one member from each year group from
Years 3 – 6, and the girls had been selected through team selection quizzes
held earlier in the year. The girls had worked hard in their lunch time
practice sessions, swatting up on their general knowledge facts and learning
the various voting tactics involved.
The quiz lasted for one hour and comprised of 40 multiple
choice general knowledge questions covering a wide range of subjects and
difficulty levels, with all team members being able to confer on and play every
question. Points were to be awarded for correct answers, but not deducted for
incorrect answers. As well as general knowledge facts, the questions also
included pictures, music and audio clips.
Questions ranged from ‘What is the name of the waterway that
links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans?’ to ‘What was the name of the first man
to fly across the English Channel?’ The quiz master made the event a tense and
exciting affair; often the spectators at the back were stumped by some of the
questions! However, Sherborne House were soon way out in front, with PGS battling
it out between themselves for 2nd and 3rd place.
The quiz came to a close with St Swithun’s 2 in 5th place and
St Swithun’s 1 in 6th place; a very respectable result given the difficultly of the questions and the
Well done to the girls who took part:
St Swithun’s 1 – Charlotte Voyce, Emilia Cox, Daisy Gates
and Clemmie Kennett.
St Swithun’s 2 – Sophie Dunlop, Iona Morley, Maariyah
Mahmood and Grace Burilson