Students from 15 Derbyshire schools gathered in the Richard Smith Hall during a Thursday afternoon to participate in the Derbyshire Reading Challenge.
Twenty seven teams of 4 students from Year 7 to Year 9 came from schools such as Eckington, Tibshelf, Hasland, Outwood Academy Newbold and Tupton Hall. They worked in teams to answer a 100 question quiz which was put together by Tupton’s very own librarian Mrs Pickering. Questions topics included many popular and not-so-well-known books including the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings and books by James Patterson.
Students slogged it our across seven rounds, with exciting categories such as the Sweet Treat round and the Reflections and Mirrors round. And while Mrs Pickering asked the questions, teams also had to complete a picture round by identifying book covers.
It was tense for all teams, with each one wanting to take victory back to their schools. Eckington students said they were simply 'glad to take part’, despite being in the lead by round five. Kyla Prince, a Year 7 from Tupton, was asked to help supervise the event to help it run smoothly. She said the competition was good and said that students would benefit from taking part since reading widely is an essential skill in the world of work.
By the end of the event the atmosphere was anxious as teams were unsure who came out on top. But it was 'Highfields’ Bibliophiles' who took the event with 88 points. The 'Sign of Four' team from Eckington following up closely in second place with 87 points. The winners said they were 'happy to win’ and ‘really enjoyed' the event.
By Bradley Roberts, Year 13
DOWNLOAD: Derbyshire Reading Challenge teams and scores 2016
Brookfield Community School, Eckington School, Hasland Hall Community School, Heritage High School, Highfields School, Lady Manners School, John Port School, Ormiston llkeston Enterprise Academy, Outwood Academy Newbold, Pingle School, St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Tibshelf Community School, Trent College, Tupton Hall School, The William Allitt School.