Wednesday, 12 November 2008

OXFORD

Hi Folks
Fast and busy evening last night in front of over 200 spectators who witnessed extraordinary talent on display. Some kids were even attempting questions before they were asked! The winning school was Oxford High followed half a point behind by The Cherwell School. St Helens was third. 
The authors' team with superior numbers bettered Oxford High but look at the literary power of these people: Meg Harper, Linda Newbery, Dennis Hamley, Mark Robson, MG Harris, Rachael Wing and Susie Day.
I was delighted to see so many local politicians supporting the event-that was certainly appreciated.
We tried a new venue this year at Our Lady's school as this gave the audience better views from tiered seating. The school went out of their way to ensure that all teams felt very welcomed.
Many thanks to OUP for supplying the book prizes.
Can't wait until the next heat.
Happy reading
Wayne

2 comments:

BH said...

Wayne - you'll agree the atmosphere was electric, and one adult compared it to the buzz at a pop concert. The spectators were having as much fun as the kids. The adults who won (and didn't win) prizes were keen to tell me they knew the answer to your questions too. The kids loved the questions and you always pitch the questions at the right level. Thanks to everyone who helped make the heat such a great success.
Barbara co-organiser, and Librarian at our Lady's Abingdon

DPB said...

Good to see you in Abingdon Wayne. Both of the teams of pupils that I brought to the Oxfordshire heats had a great time, particularly the Year 8 girls who came third! It was especially enjoyable with so many friends and family members in the audience this year.
Thanks to Our Lady's who were such a good host school.