Launch of big quiz for schoolchildren

Last year's Junior School round winners Portsmouth Grammar School ' Alice Leonard 10, Bella Barrington-Clark 10, Alex Dassow 11, Robert Mitchell 9 ' celebrating with a high five
Last year's Junior School round winners Portsmouth Grammar School ' Alice Leonard 10, Bella Barrington-Clark 10, Alex Dassow 11, Robert Mitchell 9 ' celebrating with a high five
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The News is today launching its 11th annual Internet Quiz to test hundreds of schoolchildren on every subject under the sun.

Youngsters between the ages of eight and 16 are invited to exercise their grey cells for a fun 60-question general knowledge challenge on the internet.

Teams of four in separate primary and secondary school categories will face a range of questions like ‘What is the only English anagram of CONTINUED?, ‘How many seconds in three hours?’ and ‘Where are British monarchs crowned?’.

And the four best-performing groups from each category will go through to a grand finale for the ultimate showdown – to claim trophies for themselves and the schools they represent.

Quizmasters Jeff Legg and Heather White want to see as many schools as possible signing up to the exciting competition this year.

Jeff, who is education services manager at The News, says: ‘It’s a great quiz because it is not just educational – it is also a great deal of fun.

‘One great aspect of the competition is that we don’t accept more than two children from the same year group in each team.

‘This means children of different ages, maturity and knowledge work together. We hope more teams than ever before get involved to make it the biggest and best quiz yet.’

Heather, Jeff’s colleague, says: ‘A good general knowledge is such a huge asset for a child.

‘We hope this quiz will motivate children to read beyond the subjects they are naturally inquisitive about.’

She adds: ‘Please, please avoid the temptation to use the internet to complete the online quiz as you’ll come unstuck in the live finale.’

Last year, Portsmouth Grammar School Juniors and Crookhorn College of Technology claimed winning trophies.

Crookhorn team member Katherine Robinson, 16, said at the time: ‘It felt really good to win.’

The 2011 quiz will be held on participating school premises from midday until 2pm on Wednesday, October 19.

Top teams will subsequently be invited to the final at The Royal Marines Museum, Eastney at 7pm on Thursday, November 10.

Anyone wishing to take part can simply click on The News Internet Quiz at schoolsquiz.co.uk on the day, but it would be helpful if you could register your interest beforehand to jeff.legg@thenews.co.uk.