Arrangements for the Primary School Quiz 2017 - 2018

Arrangements are beginning to take place for the 2017-2018 Primary School’s Quiz, last year 38 out of the District 1020 clubs taking part (or letting me know they’d taken part).  That’s 67% of the Clubs taking part which is good news.  I already have indications that one or two other Clubs may decide to join in this year, maybe we can reach 70% this year

The time scales will stay much the same as last year, with Club Heats taking place any time between now and early April 2017, Area heats in April or May with the District Final arranged for Saturday 2nd June 2018 at Carluke Lifestyles Centre.

As in previous years, I propose to supply sets of questions (and answers) for each round, so if any Club that hasn’t taken part before would now like to do so, but aren’t sure about how much work is involved, then “help is available” and a lot of the work as already been done for you.  The questions will be available in both Word and Powerpoint format so you can print questions, display them for all to see, or both.  If needs be, I can also supply a check list for organising a local heat, along with examples of certificates and other paperwork you might like to use.

Club Heats

Individual Clubs should organise these in conjunction with their local primary schools at a date and time which suits them all, any time between now and the end of March / early April 2018.  If any Club wants to make up their own questions, please do so (and send me a copy too please). Most questions for the Club Heats are now ready, but I am waiting until early January before sending them out so I can add in some “topical” questions.  I’ve already had requests for these from some clubs, but no proposed dates as yet, so I will make sure they are ready mid January at the latest.  If large schools want to enter more than one team, I’m fine with that; if 2 smaller schools need to combine to make up a team, then I’m equally happy.  The quiz is aimed at P7 pupils, but if schools want to use P6 (or even P5) pupils to make up numbers then go for it.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s all about participation and the more the merrier – as long as the organising Club feels it can cope with any additional teams.

Area Heats

These will probably be sometime around late April to the end of May. I already have offers in place for 4 of the Areas and we just need to find a volunteer in each of the other 2 Areas to organise this, in conjunction with the AG.  I will be confirming that the folk who have already offered (some months ago) are still prepared to continue.  As with the Club Round, I will supply a set of questions, samples of certificates, etc. for organisers to use.

District Final

This has already been confirmed at the Lifestyles centre in Carluke on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Two teams from each Area will be invited to attend, so we can have another lively day involving 12 teams, 48 youngsters with matching numbers of parents and other supporters too and a great chance to showcase Rotary and what we do.

So, there are the basic details as they are so far.  Hopefully, there is enough there for Clubs to start the process of organising their own round, which at this stage generally means no more finding a venue available on a date and time to suit your Club and your local Primary schools and then encouraging as many of them as possible to join in.

Jim McPherson

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