St Peters’ well-read win­ners

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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.

Photo / Sup­plied

St Peter’s Cambridge Waikato heat win­ners who will rep­re­sent the re­gion in Welling­ton on June 10.

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