The De Putron Challenge is returning to Guernsey for a sixth time on 12 November at St James Concert and Assembly Hall and Jersey for a third time on 19 November at the Hotel de France, culminating in an inter-island showdown in Guernsey on 26 November.
The educational quiz, run in a similar format to University Challenge, has traditionally featured students over the age of 16 and this year it will see a separate heat for Year 8 students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
The event will once again be hosted by Channel Television’s Rob Moore and teams will be tested on general knowledge, Channel Island history and culture, and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics among others, for the chance to win prize money for their school.
The post 16 students will also face a ‘specialist subject’, selected in advance; pitting their wits against more niche areas of knowledge such as the Romantic Poets, Cosmology and The Human Body.
Last year’s De Putron Challenge in Guernsey was won by Ladies’ College, very narrowly beating Elizabeth College; while Victoria College took the title in Jersey and went on to win the inter-island final. In next month’s competition, winners from both age groups will face finalists from their neighbouring island in an inter-island final, which takes place on 26 November at St James Concert and Assembly Hall in Guernsey.
Hayley de Putron is once again looking forward to this year’s event.
“We are always amazed at the level of knowledge and competitive spirit shown by the participating schools at the De Putron Challenge. We aim to evolve the event to suit demand and interest from the students and it is a pleasure to be able to extend the competition to the younger teams this year with the addition of the Year 8 quiz,” she said.
Quizmaster Rob Moore is honoured to be invited back for the fifth year running and has enjoyed seeing the event develop and grow first hand.
“It is always great to be involved with this event and it seems to get bigger, better and more exciting each year. Last year saw the addition of the inter-island final which added a real competitive edge and next month we will see two of these, with the inclusion of a Year 8 challenge. This year we see questions on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic events and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the students have studied these very current topics,” said Mr Moore.
Spectators, families and friends of teams are all invited to come along and cheer on their respective teams. Guests are encouraged to bring along home-made banners to support their teams, with a prize on offer for the most imaginative, colourful and original.
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