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Yarm School students prove themselves in national literacy competition

ByDave Stopher

Dec 15, 2017 #Yarm School

Yarm School pupils proved their literary knowledge after becoming the most successful North East team to compete in a national competition.

The four-strong team, comprising second year pupils Matthew Anthony, Eve Kempster, Shrish Nair and Izzy Stone, won the North East round of the Kids’ Lit Quiz and qualified for the national final, where they come fourth.

They were victorious over 34 other teams in the regional heat and competed in the national final against 20 schools from across the country.

The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students, aged 10 to 13 years, with the competition held in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA as well as the UK. Competitors are asked 100 questions on children’s literature.

Yarm Headmaster David Dunn said: “They have done brilliantly and we are extremely proud of what our students have achieved”

“This event not only stretches the competitors intellectually, but enriches their personal development by equipping them with life skills and increased confidence.

“This experience will stand them in good stead for when they embark on further studies or take a step on the career ladder.”

The quiz was founded by New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills, who reads enough books to write several thousand questions each year.