Lit Quiz UK National Champions

Academic

"When we walked into the regional competition two weeks ago, we never imagined we would go on to represent the UK in Canada next year."

On Wednesday 7th December, four students travelled to the City of London School for Girls to represent the South London region in the Kids’ Lit Quiz UK National Final.

Following an address from Alderman Peter Estlin, the Sheriff of the City of London, and guest author Meg Rosoff, it was hands on the buzzers for the 18 teams including representatives from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Katie Monaghan (First Year), Freddie Pflanz, Tomas Caldon and Hal Purton (Second Year), played an effective tactical game in the University Challenge-style quiz in which every question was on the buzzer and a wrong answer lost a precious point. Going in to the fifth and final round in joint first, it all came down to a nail-biting finale. While the other top two teams lost points through nervous buzzing, KGS remained calm, scooping an impressive six points on the theme of ‘types of books’.

Coached by three KGS Lower Sixth students who are themselves previous winners of the local Kingston literary quiz cup, the annual inter-school competition run by Kingston Library service, the ‘fab four’ will now travel to Canada with their school librarian to claim their prize of a week’s holiday in Toronto and to represent the UK in the World Final against seven teams from around the globe including South Africa and the USA.

The youngest team member, Katie Monaghan, said: “I can’t believe it! I never imagined when I started KGS in September that I would achieve something like this! When we walked into the regional competition two weeks ago, we never imagined we would go on to represent the UK in Canada next year. We worked well as a team as we had a good range of knowledge on each of the categories and kept calm throughout, managing to not get any points deducted for wrong answers.”