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UK Finalists in the International Kids' Lit Competition 2012

International Kids' Lit Quiz

Many congratulations to the Y8 team from St Thomas More High School in Buxton who won the Yorkshire heat of the Kids’ lit quiz with a convincing score of 90 points, the highest score so far in the UK heats. The girls were described as a ‘potent’ team from the quizmaster Wayne Mills, a professor of children’s literature from New Zealand, who travels the world to find the best teams to compete in the world final.

International Kids' Lit Quiz

Many congratulations to the Y8 team from St Thomas More High School in Buxton who won the Yorkshire heat of the Kids’ lit quiz with a convincing score of 90 points, the highest score so far in the UK heats. The girls were described as a ‘potent’ team from the quizmaster Wayne Mills, a professor of children’s literature from New Zealand, who travels the world to find the best teams to compete in the world final.

The girls competed against 35 teams from Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire on Friday 16th November in Yorkshire at the event organised by Kirklees council. They were presented with a trophy and given a £20 book token each.

The competition is open to students aged between10-14 and the questions cover a range of genres and topics including modern teenage fiction, mythology and nursery rhymes.

Mrs Clifford, Head of English at St Thomas More School said ‘The girls just took it all in their stride, they were so calm and not at all fazed by the schools we were competing against. We have an excellent tradition of reading at the school and have previously won the Derbyshire Literature challenge in 2010 and 2011. Our Y8 girls are just taking us to an even higher national level. I am extremely proud of their achievements and hope it will inspire all our younger students to keep reading!’

Last year’s winners, Halifax Grammar, scored 81 points for third place and second place was given to St Aidan’s School with a score of 86.

The team from St Thomas More will now compete against 16 teams from all over the UK on the 6th December in Coventry, where they will meet famous authors and hopefully win more prizes. The winners of the UK final will be invited on an all expenses paid trip to South Africa where they will take part in the world final against teams from Australia, USA, Canada, China, New Zealand and South Africa.

St Thomas More Catholic School, Palace Fields, Buxton, SK17 6AF

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