King James’s was the setting for the annual battle of the books when it hosted the Yorkshire heat of the International Kids’ Lit Quiz.
Twenty-four teams from schools around the region took part, tackling 100 tough literature-based questions, covering everything from secrets and superheroes to rodents and residences.
The excitement around staging the competition for the second year running was topped off when one of the two KJS teams came out on top, scoring an impressive 84.5 out of a possible 110. Year 8 students Jenna Donninger, William Allen, Alice Spencer and Jake Birchall will now travel to the UK Final in Oxford this month as the Yorkshire representatives.
King James’s was also ably represented by another team, made up of Scott Waterfield, Heather Robinson, Phoebe Carmichael and Alex Owen-Hughes, while musical entertainment was provided by Year 11 pianist Ben Munro.
The quiz was started in New Zealand in 1991 by Wayne Mills who now travels the world as question master, taking the ‘sport of reading’ around the UK and much further afield to Canada, the US, Australia and South Africa.
Senior Librarian Lisa Bryden, who organised the event together with fellow librarian Susie Chapman, said: "It was a huge pleasure for King James´s to organise and host the Yorkshire heat for the second year running.
“The competition is a unique experience for students, allowing them to work together as a team combining their passion and enthusiasm for reading with the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of their literary knowledge.”
The marking panel included Knaresborough Mayor and Mayoress Andrew and Christine Willoughby together with Christine Holgate from Knaresborough Library and a number of school librarians from around the area.
“The quiz enables school librarians to develop partnerships between students, staff, governors, parents and the local community, reaffirming that reading enriches lives whilst also broadening horizons," added Mrs Bryden.