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Macquarie College crowned KLQ world champions


A Newcastle school is in celebration mode after its students prevailed on the international stage at the weekend.

Macquarie College pupils Lana, Layla, Abigail and Alison, along with their teacher mentor Leigh Zenith, took out the 2023 KLQ World Final, on Saturday 22 July, at Havelock North Intermediate School, New Zealand.

The Wallsend-based private Christian school is the second Australian academic institute to win the crown after Canberra Grammar prevailed in 2018.

Macquarie College held off strong challenges from New Zealand’s Waimea Intermediate, which placed second, and Indonesia’s ACS Jakarta in third.

The locals snared the national Kids’ Lit Quiz (KLQ) title last month, with the help of Megwyn Eckersley, to prevail to the next stage of the competition.

On that occasion, in June, Blue Mountains Grammar finished runner-up, ahead of Shore Senior.

And, for the uninitiated, the KLQ is an annual literature quiz for students aged 10 to 13 years.

It was founded by New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills, who reads enough books to write several thousand questions annually.

“Quizzes take place in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the USA, with the winning team from each heat competing in its respective national final,” he said.

“The victors then proceed to the world competition.

“That contest consists of 10 categories with seven questions in each section.

“All teams start level with 10 points.

“The questions are read aloud, by the quizmaster, and once an outfit knows the answer, it pushes a buzzer.

“An incorrect response loses one point but a correct one gains two.

“The question may begin obscurely; however, it gradually moves to the obvious as more of it is revealed.

“A team can push the buzzer at any time.

“At the end of the day, I’m always in awe of the pupils’ knowledge.”

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