With the end of another term approaching, my kids had all sorts of lovely stuff going on at school – lots of stuff for me to watch and enjoy and make me feel very proud of them (yes, again!).
First up, my daughter took part in a quiz against other schools. It’s a general knowledge quiz and part of a bigger competition, with regional semi-finals and a national final. Each team is strictly made up of a year 3, a year 4, a year 5 and a year 6. The kids have key pads to select their multiple choice answers and don’t all have to answer the same – if they all get it right, they get full marks for their question, with marks ranging from 20 to 100 points per question. If only one of them gets it right, they get 25% of their marks. There were 12 teams in total (I think!), two from each school.
My daughter took part last year too and they did pretty badly, so my hopes weren’t that high. I’m not even sure why she was picked. Yes, she’s a clever girl and a good girl, but I really wasn’t sure how good her general knowledge is.
First question – 100%. So far, so good. Other teams were already dropping marks. (Including the other team from their school, competitive, moi?)
My daughter’s team dropped a few marks, but they were doing remarkably well. How did they know this stuff? Stuff about the war and geography and history? So many of the questions, I thought ‘she doesn’t know this’, but they got 100%! For a few heady seconds, they were in the lead.
But another team was consistently getting 100% and pulling away from the others. Our other school team temporarily overtook us. It was so exciting! A kids’ general knowledge quiz and the whole audience was on the edge of their seats. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. Every time they got a question right, there was that small cheer and that look of triumph on their faces.
They were catching up!
The top two teams would go through to the semi-finals, unless they were from the same school, in which case the team who came third would go through. The top two were from the same school. Right near the end, we were third. One question to go. We were going to go through to the semi-finals! The only way we wouldn’t make it was if the team in fourth got 100% on the final question and we got nothing.
The team in fourth got 100% and we got nothing.
My daughter’s team didn’t go through, but it had been a very exciting experience and I was so impressed by how much she knew – it turns out watching Coach Trip endlessly really helps a girl’s general knowledge.