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Applegrove Primary team wins local inter-school quiz heats to qualify for regional finals at Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen


By Garry McCartney

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Ken McLennan, district governor 1010 elect, presenting the certificate to Applegrove’s winning team of Jakub Bobrus (12), Blair MacDonald (11), Hazel Milligan (12) and Jay Horne (12).
Ken McLennan, district governor 1010 elect, presenting the certificate to Applegrove’s winning team of Jakub Bobrus (12), Blair MacDonald (11), Hazel Milligan (12) and Jay Horne (12).

APPLEGROVE Primary is in the regional final (District 1010) of the Rotary primary schools quiz competition.

A team of four P7s from the school defeated Pilmuir, Dallas, Dyke, Logie, Kinloss and runners-up Alves during the local heats at Forres Town Hall on last month and they will now join 15 schools from the north and north-east at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen on Saturday June 11 with a chance to be junior quiz kings and queens of the north.

Applegrove head teacher, Heather Murray, said: “I am super proud of the team. It has been a very difficult time for everyone and it’s great to see our youngsters achieve and have the opportunity to return to some kind of normality.

“We are very excited for the next round.”

Forres Rotary children and young people convener Christine Steven believes the fun quiz - which has been running for nearly 30 years and made a return after a two year pandemic break - fosters school, community and Rotary links.

She said: “It was a fantastic afternoon and everyone had a great time

“Drumduan School didn’t take part as they were still on holiday but Forres Rotary would like to thank all of the other schools, teams, and supporters for making the event happen after such a long gap. We couldn’t have done it without your support.”

Focusing on the questions at Forres Town Hall.
Focusing on the questions at Forres Town Hall.

The competition offers senior primary pupils experience of competing as part of a team.

Each stage consists of 10 rounds of six questions which the district coordinator bases on the curriculum. Participating pupils work as a team - one member writes the answers on their behalf.

Subjects ranged from the natural world and science to sport and music.

The Question Master was Ken McLennan.

Christine said: “All of the teams tackled the questions with enthusiasm and displayed strengths in the different topics.

“This year’s quiz was deemed ‘tricky’ by one of the headteachers.

“Following a short break after round five, the QM announced that the team scores were running close. This created excitement and the teams were keen to get started on round six (sport).”

Sports questions included: “What sport features snatches and clean and jerks?; and In which sport do contestants use the Fosbury Flop?.

The final round had visuals to support the questions - quizzers had to name a less familiar musical instrument then a less common fruit.

All of the participants received a certificate.

Applegrove’s team are looking forward to the regional final after battling through the Forres heat.

“When they were announcing the places I could hear my heartbeat in my ears,” said Jakub Bobrus (12). “When it was announced we had won I just wanted to scream I was so happy!”

“I knew we’d done OK,” added Blair MacDonald (11). “But when we weren’t announced as second or third, we thought no chance!”

“We were super surprised” added Jay Horne (12).

Hazel Milligan (12) said: “It felt good and very satisfying. I’m excited about the next round.”

President elect, Brian Higgs presents a certificate to runners up Alves - Tobias Marsh (10), Fraser Campbell (10), Ruthie Harris (10) and Mhairi Manson (11).
President elect, Brian Higgs presents a certificate to runners up Alves - Tobias Marsh (10), Fraser Campbell (10), Ruthie Harris (10) and Mhairi Manson (11).

Alves team member Tobias Marsh (10) added:”We are happy and proud to be runners-up.”

The winning team in the District Final will receive a prize of £500 to purchase equipment for their school.



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