Report by Zak Minett - Year 8
Some of Richard Lander’s best readers were put to the test as they battled it out in the regional finals of the Lit Quiz, an international competition to recognise the world’s most gifted youth readers.
The 8 students consisted of 6 year 8s and 2 year 7s, and were split into 2 teams, with team 1 made up of Jools Clarke, Ben Keast, Finn Howard and Caitlin Marshall, and team 2 consisting of Rudy Downing, Amelia Ireland, Christopher Price and Lottie Shipp. The students themselves were selected by scoring highly in a classroom test. The students then went on to the Fal building at Truro College, which played host to the regional finals, as they went head to head against a phenomenal 21 Cornish schools, totalling 42 teams.
The competitors left during Friday tutor time, and were given a joker card, which allowed them to double their points on a single category, with Richard Lander opting to double their points on Riddles, which consisted of questions such as what was the riddle that the green knight gave to Sir Gwayne, which turned out to be the classic, ‘what do women want?’, ‘seek it out and ye shall find’.
The other categories asked were Aliases, Beverages, Body Parts, Characters from Myths, Foxes, and Horses, which our very own team 1 came first in, then Non-Fiction, before a quick food break, with snacks provided by Truro College chefs.
After the break the competition resumed, with rounds in Riddles, Saints, and finally Folktales. Teams who won rounds got a pack of books, given away by the host Wayne from Auckland, who also gave away £2 to students who answered especially hard questions. There were also audience questions, where the audience had a chance to win a £5 book voucher by answering questions such as what’s black and white and read all over. The answer is a newspaper of course!
As the evening came to an end, it was clear that Mullion had won first place, with Truro School and Exeter in second and third positions. Mullion School will now go on to the national finals in London, and if they win this, will attend the International Final, competing against countries such as Canada and China. This year, this is being held in the exotic metropolis of aquatic developments, the amazing, awesome, windy city of Falmouth! Good Luck to Mullion School in the next round and well done to both Richard Lander Teams.