Thursday, March 12, 2015

More Progress! Report 2

We are belting along! With the ACT heat decided yesterday, there's now only the Sydney heat tomorrow before the National Final on Saturday.

We had a record number of teams participating in the ACT yesterday
Quiz master Wayne Mills testing the ACT's best readers with questions from the 2014 world Final 

See who will represent the ACT in Sydney on Saturday after the jump. There are also some fantastic photos, taken by William Hall, which speak thousands of words in describing the fun and excitement of the "sport of reading".

Questions from the 2014 World Final were asked of individuals in between rounds of the ACT heat for cash prizes.
First, a recap on the results of the first three heats:


"A fantastic heat today at Ipswich! First Place Ambrose Treacy College, 2nd Place St Aidan's Anglican Girls School 1, 3rd Place Pullenvale State School 2. A great start to the Australian Competition. Good luck to Ambrose Treacy College in the National Final. Brisbane Heat tomorrow. Good luck to all the teams taking part. "


"A very close heat today with just .5 between first and second place! Thanks to Bulimba State School for a wonderful venue and great hospitality. 1st Place Anglican Church Grammar 1, 2nd Citipoint Christian College Team 1 and 3rd The Gap State High School. Well done to all 18 teams that took part. Next heat is Orange, NSW on Tuesday 10th March. "


"A great heat in Orange today. 23 teams with four new schools taking part for the first time. Our winners were Orange High School, Orange Public School A in second and Kinross Wolaroi School Secondary in third. Off to Canberra for the heat tomorrow."


From Mesopotamian blue cats to poetic metaphors about fog, the range of questions in the Kids' Lit Quiz ACT heat did not disappoint the teams of excellent readers who turned up ready to play. There were plenty of high fives for correct answers and also quite a few groans when the answer was found to be a familiar book or character or title they'd somehow missed.

For the fourth year in a row but with the narrowest of margins (one point!), a team from Canberra Grammar School will be representing the ACT at the National Final. Good luck team!

Trinity Christian School's Team 1 came second and Telopea Park School's Team 1 came third (second and third were also only separated by a single point so the result really was very, very close.) In fact, all 19 teams were in with a real chance at the half time break.

Huge congratulations to all 19 teams which participated in the closely-contested Quiz yesterday. You are all winners in our eyes and your book knowledge was amazing. Thank you also to the teachers, coaches and parents who came along for an entertaining and informative look at books.

The All Stars team did very well, scoring 10 out of 10 in one round.
The "sport of reading" is such good fun!
Third Place: Telopea Park School's Team 1
Second Place: Trinity Christian School's Team 1
First Place: Canberra Grammar School's Team 2

Lots of books and authors were recommended to the readers in the audience as well as the participating teams, including those written by Mallory Blackman, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

If you'd like to learn more about the Australian competition, have a look at these posts from last year's competition which detail how the Kids' Lit Quiz works:

Cannibalism and other stories: ACT heat
Stripes and Stars: Queensland heat
Kings and Queens, Insects and Mice: NSW regional heat (Orange)
The Day the Kids' Lit Quiz came to south-west Sydney: Sydney heat
2014 Australian Final

Many thanks to all our sponsors and donors. Particular thanks to authors Gina Newton and Tania McCartney, Leanne Barrett of CBCA and the wonderful Harry Hartog Booksellers team. Please see this link for more information about Kids' Lit Quiz Australia's sponsors and donors in 2015.

Finally, thanks to William Hall for use of these wonderful photographs here. All rights are reserved and any enquiries about the photographs should be made to William Hall Photography.

We're nearly there!

1 comment:

  1. And we now have a result in the final Australian heat:

    Our final Australian heat today with 21 teams taking part at the Sydney heat at Cerdon College. Lots of new teams, with the three winning teams all being first timers.

    Congratulations to Kambala School who came for the first time and took out first place with their B team and second place with their A team. A close third place (by half a point) went to Jasper Road Public School.

    The final is tomorrow at Monkey Baa theatre with seven teams competing to be the National Champions and head over to Connecticut. Come along if you are in Sydney between 1pm and 3pm. It should be a great competition!"