CHIL­DREN GET READY FOR NA­TIONAL CON­TESTS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

SCHOOL chil­dren at But­lers Court school, Bea­cons­field, will be tak­ing part in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions as they look to be­come cham­pi­ons in their cho­sen dis­ci­pline.

A team con­sist­ing of Jasper Pat­ton, 11, Max Marsh, 10, Francesca Wil­son, nine, and Seren Brown, eight, will be tak­ing part in the fi­nals of the Schools Na­tional Quiz Cham­pi­onships against 11 other schools.

About 1,400 pri­mary schools en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion and the young­sters have an­swered a wide va­ri­ety of gen­eral knowl­edge ques­tions to make it to the fi­nals, to be held at the Na­tional Naval Col­lege, Green­wich, Lon­don.

Deputy head teacher Paul Sut­ton said: “They have a wide range of gen­eral knowl­edge, par­tic­u­larly their ge­og­ra­phy and his­tory – I think they must know ev­ery flag in the world.”

A maths team will then travel to the Bri­tish Motor Mu­seum, in Gay­don, Coven­try, to try to de­fend the World Cham­pi­onship they won last year against teams from Eng­land, Scot­land Qatar and Spain.

Ninety thousand pupils around the world are tak­ing part in the chal­lenge and the school’s team of James Han­ra­han, 10, Frasier An­drews, 11, Jack Box­ley, 11, and Os­car Timms, 11, have pro­grammed a car to race against others in two races to reach this stage us­ing maths skills.

Mr Sut­ton said: “We are look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing day, al­though I do not find watch­ing the race good for my nerves.”

Head teacher Jeanette Mar­shall said: “We are very proud of these pupils rep­re­sent­ing the school and all those others in school who have com­peted with them to push them to these high stan­dards.”

Quiz con­tests: Seren, Jasper, Francesca and Max PHOTO: ALIS­TAIR WIL­SON BE161914

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