First ever Downe House Challenge
Last Friday saw pupils from across the School, gather to pit their wits in the first ever Downe House Challenge, held in the Murray Centre’s China Auditorium.
This event – modelled on the BBC’s University Challenge - saw teams battle it out to see who had the best general, and not so general, knowledge.
The contestants were challenged with a set of questions offering a ‘Starter for 10’ followed by three bonus questions. Topics ranged from geography to pop music, history to Harry Potter and science to cinema. Headmistress, Emma McKendrick was Quizmaster and easily rivalled Jeremy Paxman whilst encouraging the teams and keeping the pace fast and furious.
The first five rounds gave each team the opportunity for two matches with the two overall highest scoring teams, Holcombe and Aisholt making it through to the final. It was a tough competition in the final with Holcombe taking a quick lead but Aisholt gained on them fast, with the scores coming very close in the final few minutes. As the gong sounded, it was Holcombe who had the highest score and claimed the trophy.
Director of the Murray Centre, Mrs Philippa Toogood said, “This was a wonderful event and it was such a delight to see girls from different year groups getting into the competitive spirit, spurred on by a lively and encouraging audience. Congratulations to Holcombe and their winning team members: Iona, Antonia, Louisa and Georgia. Huge thanks to the Audio-Visual team who masterminded the buzzers, scoreboard and a variety of sound effects, as well as Mr Dean for compiling the questions. Finally, we are all very grateful to Mrs McKendrick for taking on the role of quizmaster and putting our teams through their paces!”