Truro Prep Wins South West Kids’ Lit

Four avid readers from Truro Prep School clinched first place in the South West Kids’ Lit Quiz event last Friday, to progress to the UK National Final in Wimbledon.


George, Mia, Kit and Max successfully answered 70 out of 100 questions about children’s literature to edge ahead of Torquay Boys Grammar and Davenport High School and win books, certificates, £20 book tokens and a place in the grand final.


The quiz featured rounds of ten questions, each on a different theme. This year the topics included animals, colours, mythical beings, occupations and Middle Earth. In between rounds, competitors could attempt spot prize questions where a series of clues unfolded to reveal an answer. The first correct hand up won £2. Teachers and librarians also participated with hotly contested sudden-death rounds. Both Truro Prep teachers won book tokens, with Mrs Luxton successfully answering a question on Tolkien.


The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an international competition run in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, United States, Canada and the UK. The UK events have run since 2004 – initially for Years 7 and 8 – but in recent years broadened to include Year 6. Quizmaster Wayne Mills said: “Truro Prep School won the heat, and what was amazing about their win, was that they were all year 6s!  Pats on the back to Kit, George, Max and Mia”.


Next week Truro Prep School will be up against teams from all over the UK, including Oundle School, Latymer Upper School and the Melodist College Belfast – in a fastest finger first buzzer format. The winning team will progress to the world final in Connecticut, USA – the home of Mark Twain.


The Grand Final – Wimbledon, Thursday 4 December


At the national final our pupils competed against 17 other schools from around the UK in a five round fastest to the buzzer format. A correct answer scored two points but an incorrect attempt lost a point.


The team performed well, knowing many of the answers while avoiding losing points. At the end, the organiser Wayne Mills, said: “In the 23 years the competition has been running worldwide, Truro Prep School is the only primary aged team to reach a national final.”


Meeting authors Anthony Horowitz and Terri Terry were highlights and all of the team received signed books and finalist prizes.


Tom Tolkien

English coordinator