Geography "Worldwise" Quiz

This year marked the inaugural Shiplake College Worldwise quiz event. The questions for the event were organised by the GA (Geographical Association) with the aim of local schools coming together to compete for a prize based on Geographical knowledge. This year, the knowledge required ranged from Logistics companies to Rivers of the World, squeezing in fieldwork technique and lots of general knowledge about landmarks, regions and of course various capital cities.

The rounds varied in style in order to keep the interest levels high. Lots of tactical play and individual questioning was crucial to the success of each team. At times the pressure was visible but smiley faces were the most common view from the question master’s position.

School teams from Gillotts, Queen Anne’s, Claires Court, Hemdean House and Cranford House joined Shiplake and there was an excellent atmosphere in the tightly packed OVR. Support from parents and staff ensured a thrilling contest. The whole of the Geography department joined in to take turns in the Humphrey Littleton role and Mr Mallins stood out as having the most potential to be the next Sue Barker.

Some extraordinary answers were given and several of them proved correct! Incredibly, after 8 rounds, the score ended with a tie at 117 points each and Shiplake 2 took on Gillotts 2 in a sudden death tie-break. George Emeny’s knowledge of European cities saw Shiplake claim victory. We have to say we were embarrassed to host and win and whilst there were no chants of ‘fix’ we would have preferred a visiting team to leave successful. Having said that, the Shiplake boys performed brilliantly and we are of course, extremely proud. George Emeny, William Topkins and Josh O’Hare were the winning trio. Austin Burnand, Jack Parrott and Jamie Mottram were placed third, which was also a great performance.

This quiz was undoubtedly an excellent social event, which we hope will claim a permanent place in the school calendar. Thanks to all involved and for the support of all staff, parents and pupils. Special thanks to the ICT staff and catering for help with setting up and providing much needed refreshments for all spectators and participants.

Mr Duncan


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