Kingston Borough Literary Quiz Double Triumph!

Surbiton High School has enjoyed a hugely successful track record in recent years at the Kingston Borough Literary Quiz. This competition, ran by Kingston Borough public libraries, is designed to test the literary knowledge of all schools in the area. In 2015 we won the Year 7/8 trophy, and the year before we achieved the unprecedented feat of winning both the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 trophies.

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This impressive literary pedigree meant we were under some pressure when we took part in the tournament on Thursday 11 February. As ever, the participating pupils were required to answer questions on everything ranging from a series of set books, the Mr Men characters and Children’s Laureates in the picture round through to nursery rhymes and Shakespeare in the always tense, on-the-buzzer general knowledge round.

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Remarkably, our two teams repeated the feat of 2014 and won both trophies again this year! This means that we have now won five out of a possible six trophies in this tournament over the last three years, which is a truly exceptional achievement. We now move on to the Inter Borough Final in March and the chance to add even more trophies to our collection. A huge well done to all the girls!

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Tanzania Library update

As most people who are reading this are aware, a group of 14 Year 10-13 girls are heading out to Tanzania this summer with Mr Humphreys and Mrs McCool to open up a library for the Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need (KYGN) school near Moshi.

We have been working hard on this project for the past two years, and so far we have…

  • Raised over £6000 for the library build, through various fundraisers inside and out of school.
  • Catalogued over 500 books.
  • Taken part in two training weekends, where we learnt invaluable teamwork, leadership, campcraft, navigation and organisational skills, and also planned a provisional itinerary for our three weeks in-country.
  • Made other preparations for our time at the KYGN school, including displays/decorations for the library.

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As you can see from the picture at the top of this page, we have achieved quite a lot, but we are not there yet. We still have to do the following…

  • Raise a further £2000 to ensure that the library building can be completed. Fundraisers include Mr Humphreys and Miss Handley competing in a sprint-triathlon in May.
  • Catalogue another 500 books!
  • Finish off all preparations for our time at the school – as well as decorating the library, we need to plan a series of activities for the children, including a whole day of fun sports activities.
  • Make final preparations for the expedition itself, including confirming the activities we will do when exploring the country.

The build-up to the project has been so long that the reality we are heading out to Tanzania in just over five months’ time is only just starting to sink in. Our excitement is increasing with each passing day – we can’t wait!