St Peters’ well-read winners
A team of Year 7 and 8 students from St Peter’s School won the regional Lit Quiz competition held at Southwell School last week, where 51 teams competed.
This has qualified the team for nationals, to be held in Wellington on Sunday, June 10.
They won a total of $1000 which will be split between them.
The Lit Quiz is a popular international literature quiz for students aged 10 to 13. It was founded in New Zealand by Wayne Mills and quizzes are held each year. This year 10 countries are competing, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
Teacher in charge Becki Botherway said the students only had six weeks to prepare for the competition.
“We held twice-weekly practises in the library putting together lots of quizzes on different genres of literature, for example, myths and legends, classics, picture books and more,” Ms Botherway said.
“One of the rounds was a visual round so we had photos of the title page of some picture books.
“The students had to either name the author or the title of the book.”
Students were encouraged not only to read but to watch movies based on books and listen to audiobooks. The main emphasis was for them to have fun, enjoy reading and learn about some new books they may like to read.
The team is busy preparing for nationals by practising four times a week.
Ms Botherway said the format of nationals is very different.
“The questions are more complex, there are long oral questions and the team has to press a buzzer and orally give the answer. In the regionals, the team answered the 10 questions on a sheet of paper,” she explained.
There will be five categories at nationals, but the students don’t know what they will be about.
“Naturally the aim is to make the world final in July, which will be held in Auckland,” said Botherway. Each year the final is held in a different country.
“I enjoyed the training,” said student Thomas Giltrap, who was on the winning team. “It was very challenging and provided my brain with a good workout.
“I think the most challenging thing in Lit Quiz was thinking of the answers to questions about books I’d read five years ago.”
It was the first win for Georgie Rose Boyd, another student who was part of the winning team and who had had two attempts before.
“I was amazed by very proud of myself and the team for pulling it off. All of my teammates are very talented and I enjoyed this experience with them,” Georgie said.
St Peter’s Cambridge Waikato heat winners who will represent the region in Wellington on June 10.