Two teams represented Somerville Intermediate School in the competition held at St Cuthbert's College on Tuesday 9 May. The Kids' Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students aged 10-13 years.

Quizzes are held in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and the US. The quiz was founded by New Zealand quizmaster, Wayne Mills, who reads enough books to write several thousand questions each year.

 

Teams of four students are asked to answer 100 questions on children's literature divided into ten categories, which vary each year. One student acts as the scribe, and after consultation with the rest of the team, writes the answer to the questions on the printed sheets provided for each round. At the end of each round, the sheets are gathered up and checked against the "answer sheets" by a team of markers. Examples of categories set previously include poetry, authors, titles, settings, characters, and nursery rhymes.

 

Between each round, whilst the marking is taking place, the Quizmaster asks questions of the spectators, giving them the chance to win books and coins.

 

Our teams were placed in the middle of a field of strongly competitive teams. Somerville 2 scored 61 points out of a possible 100 and Somerville 1, 58. Orlando Ye did extremely well to win an individual prize.

 

I would like to thank the teams for their dedication and hard work in preparing for the competition, and the reserves, Ethan Chadwick and Freya Dibben, for all that they contributed to our practices, and who attended the competition to offer their support. Well done everyone!

 

The teams were: Somerville 1 - Madi Taylor, Ashley Pauling, Asher Saunders and Jack Cutler. Somerville 2 - Rory Gambolati, James Sparks , Alicia Walmsley and Orlando Ye.