Every year schools from around the world enter the Kids’ Lit Quiz, hoping to be recognised as the best readers in the world. Ever the bibliophiles, Oxford High School has strong form in this field, having won the 2018 national finals and placing third in the World Finals in New Zealand. This year’s Regional Heats saw OHS on winning form once again, as our A and B teams delivered spectacular performances, with our A team emerging triumphant.
On the day, our two teams of avid Year 7 and 8 readers answered 100 questions on children’s literature, divided into 10 categories, ranging from “Downsize me”, “Legends”, “Contests” and “Last”. Jokers were placed on the category of their choice and our teams both chose ‘Legends’.
Between rounds, whilst the scores were being added literary-based questions were thrown out to the teams and adult supporters. Our teams scooped up many spot prizes and came away with handfuls of books from the attending authors including Julia Golding, Lucy Coats and Linda Newbury.
After an afternoon of intensive quizzing the scores were announced and in third place was our B team, scoring a fantastic 82.5, closely followed by Magdalen College School in second with 85.
Oxford High A team were announced as the winners with a fantastic score of 94 out of 110, beating 22 teams and the team of authors. We were all thrilled.
Our winning team, Marina, Alex, Maria and Tessa secured a place in the UK final in London on 4 December. The team that wins the national final will represent the UK in the world final, which will be held in New Zealand in July.