Longbeach kids know their literature

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Theo Vannini, Henry Prouting, Michael Griffiths and Milli Pottinger have earned a place in the Kids Lit Quiz national final in Wellington.

A team from Longbeach School has used its collective knowledge to win a place in the national Kids Lit Quiz final.

Avid readers Michael Griffiths, Milli Pottinger, Henry Prouting and Theo Vannini entered the South Canterbury heat at Waihi Preparatory School, in Winchester, before lockdown.

It was the third time the school has entered a team in the annual literature quiz, for pupils aged 10 to 13 years old.

Despite the win being months ago, the pupils were still buzzing about their victory which was helped by thinking it was

The quiz categories included topics such as doors, donkeys, heroes and women. Every question referenced some form of written works.

The questions ranged from fill-in-the-gap sentences, and some name-the-character visual aspects, but the children agree the most difficult were the poems. One such reference was from Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade poem, written in 1854, where they were asked how many rode into the valley of death.

With Milli on handwriting duty, the team powered through 10 sets of 10 questions to get a final score in the high 70s; 10 points ahead of second placed Grantlea School. Bluestone School was third.

The national final is at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington on October 18.

The national champion team then competes in the world final with teams from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, UK and the US.

By Toni Williams