Academic Challenge day is exactly as the title implies – a challenging academic day. One distinguishing feature of this day is that students compete in teams with other schools. Competing in mixed-school teams is not something our students found difficult and this was evidenced by the fact that Alexander Higgins and Matthew Cobb were on the winning team, Millie Kenny and Holly Whitfield were in the team who came third (and who came first in the General Knowledge discipline) and Jonah Fleming and Jake Stubbs were the builders of the Engineering Challenge that won first prize in that discipline.
Another distinguishing feature was that students could choose to participate in an ‘Off the Cuff’ speech, where they were given no time to prepare for a one-minute speech. Numbers of our students participated in this event. Overall this was a most enjoyable day and the students represented our school perfectly.
by Anthea Watkins, Year 8 Girls Co-ordinator & Horizon Centre Co-ordinator