A record 56 pupils, representing over a quarter of the Preparatory School, scored 90 or more points in the Second Round of the Nickless Prize for General Knowledge last week. The average score per pupil rose from 18.06 in the First Round to 55.47 in the second sitting of the paper, providing testimony to the time that many children spent researching in the family library or scouring the internet. Once again, it was heartening to see the dramatic progress made by the majority of children over two rounds, dispelling any notion that such competitions are anachronistic! Indeed, the contest continues to provide an enjoyable challenge, while the skill of researching knowledge and the discipline of committing material to memory are not to be denigrated.
Five pupils, Chloe(1W), Mei Mae and Joseph (2J), Isabelle and Zara (2C) are to be especially commended after scoring a “full house” in the Second Round. Jamie (3W), the joint-leader in Round One, claimed the title outright with a total of 142, one point ahead of class-mate Oliver, who finished as runner-up. Particular congratulations are extended to these two pupils, who will receive their prize on Speech Day and represent the school in next term’s competitions.
Rupert (4N) finished in third place, with Callum (3W) narrowly missing a “podium finish” by finishing in fourth. Remarkably “Team Chorister” scored four “top ten” finishes with Rochester Cathedral Choristers, boys and girls, excelling, while 3W took the “Form Prize”, eclipsing 4N, by also registering four finishes in the first ten positions.
Commendations are also due to Isabel and Harry (1W) and Himanshu (L1SW), who distinguished themselves, finishing fifth, seventh and 11th, respectively, creditable showings given their age.
Congratulations to all involved!