Melrose youngsters are quiz whizz-kids

Melrose quiz team members Alexander Hart, Rufus Mollart, Grace McWhinnie, Thea Foulkes and Meghan Roper.
Melrose quiz team members Alexander Hart, Rufus Mollart, Grace McWhinnie, Thea Foulkes and Meghan Roper.

Melrose Primary School pupils have proven themselves to be whizz-kids as quiz kids for the third year on the trot.

A team of primary six pupils from the Huntly Road school took top prize at this year’s Borders heat of the Scottish European Educational Trust’s annual Euroquiz, retaining the title they have held since 2015.

Newtown Primary pupils Abby Tindall, Becky Graham, Hannah Turnbull and Lewis Shiel.

Newtown Primary pupils Abby Tindall, Becky Graham, Hannah Turnbull and Lewis Shiel.

This year’s event took place at Galashiels Academy, and the Melrose team were up against youngsters from 14 other primaries.

Subjects covered by the Brexit-defying quiz included history, geography, sport, culture, languages and the European Union.

The other schools taking part were Channelkirk Primary at Oxton, Coldingham Primary, Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary at Hawick, Heriot Primary, Kingsland Primary in Peebles, Kirkhope Primary at Ettrickbridge, Newtown Primary, St Boswells Primary, St Margaret’s RC Primary and St Peter’s Primary School in Galashiels, St Ronan’s Primary at Innerleithen and West Linton, Yarrow and Yetholm primaries.

The Melrose youngsters now go on to a national final in May.

Donna Manson, Scottish Borders Council’s service director for children and young people, said: “This annual event goes from strength to strength and remains a tremendous example of the way in which children from all over the Borders can come together to experience learning in a fun and good-spirited way.

“The knowledge displayed by all these young people was impressive and they are to be commended, both for their individual and team contributions, and for the well-mannered way in which this competition was fought.

“Many congratulations to Melrose on yet another well-deserved win. To have retained the title for three years in a row is very impressive, and they should be very proud of their achievement. I wish them all the very best as they go forward to the national finals in May.”

Schools were also invited to take part in an optional art competition in the build-up to the Euroquiz by producing a piece of work representing a European country, the winner this year being Newtown Primary School’s collage binspired by Spain.

Mrs Manson added: “Congratulations must also go to Newtown Primary on their creative interpretation of the competition brief.

“Their submission captured the bold colours and key elements of the Spanish culture in a striking piece that was a worthy winner.”