Dunedin's pupils top Australasian contest

Dunedin pupils have fared well in an Australasian education competition, with St Hilda's Collegiate School winning the top school and a Columba College pupil winning the top individual award.

The schools were among 15 from around New Zealand and Australia invited to compete in the inaugural Education Perfect Interschool Competition.

For the past two months, pupils at the schools have been engaged in an online competition, which encourages them to answer as many questions as possible about English, science, history, geography, religious education, and accounting.

For each 20 correctly answered questions, the pupils received 1 point towards their school's total.

St Hilda's Collegiate finished with 46,714 points - more than runners-up St Kentigern College (25,224 points) and third-placed Columba College (15,924 points) combined.

St Hilda's acting assistant principal Donna Smith was delighted.

''We're absolutely thrilled - mostly because we haven't just won, we absolutely cleaned up.''

As a reward for their hard work, the school will today receive the Epic Trophy and a $500 pizza party.

Columba College pupil Ella Barclay (17) will also receive the top pupil award for earning 9224 points.

About 14,000 pupils from both countries participated in the competition, answering 326,924 questions and earning 116,308 points.

No Australian schools finished in the top three placings.


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