Our senior team having won their regional final last term, Tuesday 10th March brought the turn of our junior team. Or teams, as the last-minute withdrawal of another school enabled us to enter a B team, which Mr Thompson assembled on Monday lunchtime.
The first round was the group round, where teams collaborated to answer ten questions. Both of our teams scored full marks. Then came the cross number. Out of 56, the A team scored 53, and the B team scored 54. A brief survey of other high scorers revealed that King Edward’s High School had scored 55. So we entered the lunch break in third and second places.
After lunch came the shuttle round, in which questions depend on answers to earlier questions. This is traditionally very difficult, and this year’s was no exception. Of course, this benefits our boys, and the A team scored 60/60. The B team didn’t.
The final round was the relay. This involved walking briskly around the hall, observing all health and safety precautions. One boy from another school failed to do this, and we’re expecting a letter from his solicitor. The A team made a few mistakes, and finished with 52/60. King Edward’s High School said they had scored 54/60. The organisers paid serious attention to their laptop. Who had won?
The final results were:
3rd place (officially): Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
3rd place (really): Camp Hill B team
2nd place: King Edward’s High School
1st place: Camp Hill A team
Well done to Robert Hillier
, Sam Stansfield
, Neal Pankhania
and Hao Yang
of the A team, who go forward to the national final in London on 22 June, and to Alex Byrne, Alfie Green, Tommy Ransbotyn and Andrew Lim of the B team.
Also many thanks to Mr Thompson for all his organisation and training.