On Tuesday 3rd December, two teams from Windlesham set off for Dorset House to take part in the Kids’ Lit Quiz. We had an amazing afternoon.
Teams of four students from about 10 different schools (including Arnold House Prep and Portsmouth Grammar School) worked together to answer 100 wide-ranging book related questions from 10 categories which ranged from cannibalisation (!) to literary terms. The event is great fun as there is a chance for everyone to win prizes and our children shone in many ways.
Oscar Hill won a prize for knowing the most common word in the English language ‘the’. Ella George won a signed copy of the visiting author’s book (Victoria Campbell’s Viking Gold) for knowing the first Viking to reach the Americas! No one else in the room knew the answer! Abby Aitken surprised the quiz master by recognizing the Wonder book (which had been read in the Windlesham dorms) before he had even finished the question! Henry Jakob, Heather Burrows, Mrs Beedell and Mrs Thornton also won prizes for correct answers.
Both teams won team prizes too but the icing on the cake was that our A team (Abby Aitken, Oliver Clarke, Ella George, Oscar Hill) won the competition by 1 point beating Salesian College and Robert Mays’ schools. They also won £80 book tokens for the Library.
On Friday 6th December, they travelled to Kings College Wimbledon for the National Final competing against 17 other schools from all over the UK (including Northern Ireland and Scotland). Competition was fierce and our team struggled initially to get to grips with a “University Challenge” type challenge and beat the other teams to the buzzer.
We were very proud of them coming so far, even if they weren’t up amongst the prizewinners this time.