Sixth Form University Challenge Competition

Gina Murphy / Categories: News

Sixth Form University Challenge Competition

Thursday, 19 March 2020

As part of the William Hulme’s Way House Championship, we hosted the inaugural Sixth Form University Challenge Competition.

Following the same rules as the television quiz, each House entered a team consisting of 3 students and 1 teacher and the competition was run in a knockout format. Ms Boustead took the role of Paxman, with Miss Smith having the tricky ‘Roger Tilling’ role and Mr Howarth keeping score. 

The first round was between Byrom v Gaskell, Gaskell being the only house without a teacher (who had to go into self-isolation). It was a well fought round, and Byrom – with the adult advantage - ending up the victors. Round 2, between Dalton and Heywood, was the closest battle and went to a nail biting tie-breaker question: Which title of a novel by John Steinbeck was translated into Japanese as ‘Angry Raisins’? The question was interrupted by a member of Heywood who shouted, ‘Of Mice and Men’…. and so, with 5 points deducted for an interruption and a wrong answer, Dalton won the round. The answer, which was also offered up afterwards, by a member of Heywood, was ‘The Grapes of Wrath’.

The final between Byrom and Dalton, was a well fought affair, with both teams gaining the advantage but ultimately, Dalton put on a spurt and were convincing overall winners. They hold the title with what looks to be a termly fixture from now on. Really well done to all of those who took part.

Taking place on Thursday, 19 March, the day before the school closed, it was a poignant event, as it was the final time Year 13 would get together, in school at least.

We are still hoping that the Year 13 end of year social event may be able to go ahead later this summer, and looking forward to the next round of University Challenge in the Autumn Term. Look out also for House Championship Mastermind.

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