Strathdevon Primary Pupils Set for Euroquiz Finals
Tuesday 8th May 2012
Strathdevon Primary School from Dollar will fly the flag for Clackmannanshire in the national final of the Scottish European Trust's Euroquiz next week.
The Dollar schoolchildren will pit their wits against 29 other primary schools from around Scotland in a bid to lift the coveted prize. The final will be held on the Monday, 14th May, in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber at Holyrood, Edinburgh.
The Strathdevon Primary School team will consist of Riccardo Calzetta, Isobel Findlay, Martha Tindall and Jack Wilson, with Lucy Murchison as travelling reserve - all P6 pupils. They will be accompanied to the final by Head Teacher, Judith Edwards.
The heats took place on 2nd March in Alva Primary School, when Strathdevon Primary School won through to represent Clackmannanshire at the Edinburgh final.
A total of 19 schools originally took part in the heats, five from Clackmannanshire and seven from Stirling, with questions covering history, geography, current affairs, sport, culture, the European Union and general knowledge.
Clackmannanshire Council's Head of Education, Belinda Greer, said: "Euroquiz is a competition for children in primary six which helps them develop their knowledge of Europe and the European Union, as well as core skills such as communication and teamwork."
The final is sponsored by individual donors and Trusts, the European Commission office in Scotland, Ian Hudghton MEP, David Martin MEP, Alyn Smith MEP, Struan Stevenson MEP and Catherine Stihler MEP.
The 30 finalist teams will face Quizmaster Elaine Smith MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament within the Debating Chamber of the Holyrood building.
The event will be streamed live on http://vr-bng.lbwa.verio.net/main_chamber and will then be available on http://www.holyrood.tv/index.asp
Gerald R Wilson, Chairman of the Scottish European Educational Trust, said ""The Euroquiz ticks so many educational and other boxes, not least the opportunity for primary school children to experience the excitement of competing in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
Judith Edwards, Head Teacher at Strathdevon Primary School, said, "All the pupils, parents and staff at Strathdevon are so proud of the team's achievement.
"We know they will enjoy the challenge of taking part in Euroquiz and hope all their work in class with their teacher pays off. We hope that everybody throughout Clackmannanshire will join with us in supporting them."