On Monday 13th November, the Mall School sent two teams to the South West London area heat of the National Years 5 and 6 Science Championship hosted by Surbiton High School. Twelve teams from seven schools took part in a competitively fought contest with The Mall teams finishing in 1st and 2nd places. The winning team of Freddie Lingard (Year 5), William Marten (Year 5), Oliver Phillips (Year 6) and Dhruv Srivastava (Year 6) now progress to the London regional final in early December.
This is only the second time the school has taken part, finishing in 3rd place in 2016, so the boys were delighted to improve on their previous performance. Dhruv explains, “When I was picked for the quiz again I was really excited because I had been in it last year.” The team scored 1990 points, with The Mall’s second place team of Oli Lennox-Smith (Year 5), Kaviraj Karir (Year 5), Anant Sharma (Year 6) and Andy Elliot (Year 6) not far behind with 1945 points and significantly ahead of the third place team who scored 1800.
All the boys were presented with certificates and Headmaster David Price said, “We are extremely proud of all the boys who took part in the competition. They were asked questions on a wide range of topics including astronomy, physics, zoology and meteorology and they worked well together to make the most of their individual strengths and areas of interests. They thoroughly deserved their first and second place. We wish them luck in the regional final.”
Each quiz is presented by a professional quizmaster with players using personal handsets to answer a range of very challenging questions. The championship is an exciting way to broaden children’s scientific knowledge while offering schools a unique platform for their most able young scientists to showcase their abilities as part of a team.