Kingston Borough Literary Quiz success!

On this momentous day (Happy Founders day everyone!), it is fitting that, yesterday, Surbiton High School also made a little bit of history at the annual Kingston Borough Literary Quiz. Designed to test the literary knowledge of all competing schools in the Borough, all schools are represented by a Year 7/8 and a Year 9/10 team, and being the keen reading school we are, we naturally entered two teams ourselves with a feeling of cautious optimism.

As ever, all teams were tested on five set books, and also had their general literary knowledge put to the test, with questions on everything from Shakespeare to the Mr Men books.

Competition was fierce, and the girls performed brilliantly in tense circumstances, not least on the nerve shredding General Knowledge round, which was on the buzzer! During the Year 9/10 quiz, one of our team members accidentally buzzed early, hearing only the “What colour is…” part of the question about a Mr Men character. Amazingly, she managed to guess the colour (Pink, for Mr Greedy) correctly! A good omen?

Year 7 and 8 team

The victorious Year 7/8 team…

When the results came in, we learned that we had succeeded in beating off all competition and triumph in both the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 categories. This is a phenomenal achievement in itself, but it becomes doubly so considering that this is the first time that any school has won in both categories in a single year since the competition began in 2006! Suffice to say there are not enough superlatives to describe the girls’ performance.

We also managed to win individual prizes for demonstrating our literary knowledge in impromptu ‘spot quizzes’.Even I managed to win a £5 book token for successfully identifying the English county in which J.M. Falkner’s Moonfleet is set (Cornwall, in case you wanted to know)! As far as our best days at SHS go, this was definitely right up there.

Year 9 team

and the triumphant Year 9/10 team. Well done everyone!

A great way to finish the half term, and a perfect send-off for Miss Handley too, who was especially proud of the Year 7/8 team, as she’d been preparing them for the day. As the reading challenge booklets were handed out at the Public Speaking competition earlier, I sincerely hope that our literary success has inspired you to uncover the unique magic found within the pages of a great book and has shown you just what great things can happen to those who read.

Have a great half term everyone!

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