Winners enjoyed challenge

Year 5 and 6 Tai Tapu champions Ethan Garrett-Burke (9), Edward Bull (10) and Caleb O’Leary (10). Photos: Claire Booker
Year 5 and 6 Tai Tapu champions Ethan Garrett-Burke (9), Edward Bull (10) and Caleb O’Leary (10). Photos: Claire Booker
More than 200 keen current events whizzes put pen to paper at the Otago Daily Times Extra! Canterbury current events quiz at Cobham Intermediate.

Pupils from schools across the city teamed up in threes yesterday and were tested on topics including who am I, what am I, New Zealand places, around the world mapping and famous faces.

Tai Tapu School won the year 5 and 6 section of the quiz with 82 points out of a possible 100.

It was closely followed by Fendalton Open-Air School, only two points behind on 80 points.

Prebbleton School secured third place, with a score of 79 points out of 100.

Tai Tapu champions Ethan Garrett-Burke (9), Edward Bull (10) and Caleb O'Leary (10) were pleased with their win. Edward said he ''didn't like the faces'' questions, but the team enjoyed the challenges.

Year 7 and 8 North Loburn School winners William Hassall (12), Charley Ward (13), and Harry Witt (12).
Year 7 and 8 North Loburn School winners William Hassall (12), Charley Ward (13), and Harry Witt (12).
The North Loburn School team won the year 7 and 8 quiz with 89 points out of 100.

William Hassall (12), Charley Ward (13) and Harry Witt (12) said they were happy to win the quiz, but ''it wasn't planned''.

''The newspaper was the hardest part,'' Charley said.

The teams had to find answers to questions from an Otago Daily Times paper, which caught them off guard. The two Hillview Christian School teams earned second and third place with 88 and 87 points out of 100.

Extra! editor Tricia Rowe was pleased the event went smoothly.

''The year 7 and 8 group were really lively,'' she said.

''The lead-up to the event has been stressful, with balancing writing papers and writing the quizzes, but I've got a really good team.''

The quiz was run by the Otago Daily Times through Extra!, its monthly Newspapers in Education publication for primary, intermediate and junior secondary school pupils.

-By Claire Booker

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