On Saturday, 18th March, four Year 6 students - Tien Attwater, Emily Colbran, Oliver Drew and Maeve Magner - competed in the National Final of the Kids’ Lit Quiz, a wide-ranging literature quiz which tests both general literature knowledge and knowledge of specific authors and books.
Ten teams from around Australia qualified, through a series of regional heats, for the national final. In their qualifying heat, the BMGS team defeated the team from Kinross Wolaroi, who were last year’s Australian representatives at the international competition.
The Junior Library Resource Centre at BMGS first introduced the students to Kids’ Lit Quiz last year, to promote wide and rich reading amongst all age groups. In the lead up to the competition, the students participate in ‘mock’ quizzes to hone their skills, and qualification for the School team also included a written paper.
The Quiz, founded by New Zealand quizmaster Mr. Wayne Mills, is known as ‘The Sport of Reading’, to encourage reading in age groups where reading for pleasure can sometimes taper off in favour of technological devices or sporting pursuits.
The Quiz is a general knowledge literature challenge that covers a range of genre, with this year’s categories including authors, characters, opening lines, titles and beasts.
It is for students between the ages of 10 to 14 years, so our Year 6 team found themselves pitted against not only students from other primary schools, but also students in Years 7 and 8.
Over a period of two hours, the teams contested five rounds of 13 questions each, buzzing in with their answers. An incorrect answer meant a reduction in points, so the pressure was on all teams to be both fast and accurate in their responses.
The BMGS team was in equal 2nd place at the end of the final round, necessitating a tie-breaking single question contest against Moreton Bay Boys’ College (QLD), with only a point separating the three top teams.
In a nail-biting finish, our team won the tiebreak question to finish in outright 2nd place, only half a point behind a secondary school team from Canberra Grammar, who will now contest the world finals to be held in Toronto, Canada, later this year.
Headmaster, Mr. Trevor Barman, was delighted with the team’s performance, commenting that: “These young, enthusiastic readers showed determination and composure in a challenging yet exciting environment and I am extremely proud of their wonderful achievement.”