Columba College pupils are well-read


A group of Columba College pupils proved their knowledge of books was among the best in the country last weekend.

Year seven pupils Clara Ballentyne, Grace Hill, Natalie McDonald and Tessa Smith placed second at the Kids’ Lit Quiz New Zealand National Final, which was held in Wellington last Sunday.

The group won the Otago heat in March , which secured their place in the national competition and landed them $1000 to help get them there.

Since then the group had been working hard to read as many books as they could so they could answer as many questions as possible.

The Kids’ Lit Quiz was founded 27 years ago, and celebrates the “sport” of reading, getting children to answer questions from all sorts of books.

The competition involved pupils in years 6 to 8 and was run on a buzzer system of five rounds with a range of 15 questions.

Tessa said although she was a bit nervous “I knew I had read as many books as I could,” she said.

The group agreed they were very excited with their second place and each got $150, which they planned to spend on more books.

Grace said it was a great experience to do with her school friends and was pleased they did so well on their first go. They hoped to compete again.

Clara said it was great being among some of the best readers in New Zealand.

Columba College teacher Awyn Walker said it was a great opportunity for the girls to work together.

“There was so much tension, it was really exciting,” Natalie said.

Belmont Intermediate of Auckland won the competition and will attend the world final in Auckland in July.