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Kids' Lit New Zealand Final

Wellington turned on a beautiful day for the New Zealand Kids' Lit Final on Sunday. Seventeen teams from around NZ travelled to compete in this very challenging competition.  The 75 questions were grouped into 5 categories - Authors, Humanoid Creatures, Opening Lines, Book Titles and Twosomes. Each team started with 10 points and then gained two points for a correct answer and lost one point for an incorrect one. The final range of scores was 8 points to 35 points for the winning team, demonstrating just how demanding this year's quiz was.  The competition was fast moving and exciting with the teams pitting their extensive knowledge of books and literature. Congratulations to Palmerston North Intermediate for their fine performance. They now go on to represent NZ in the World final in Singapore. South's team of Aaron, Luca, Macey and Maisie put up a spirited fight in this year's very tough competition and can very proud of their effort. Well done, team!

Smart Seeds

An amazing event was held at the Town Hall the evening of Wednesday 8 May where 5 focus groups of entrepreneurs were pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, made up of community leaders and business people. The students from one of our technology groups had been working with a group from Smart Seeds to look at ways of supporting families to eat healthy meals made from locally grown produce. 4 of our students, Nikita, Charlotte, Sophia and Maisie attended the event to help with the presentation by serving the judges a delicious winter salad. It was a delight to hear the judges announce that our focus group was highly commended and with a special mention of South Intermediate for the work we are doing to connect our garden with the Food Technology  programme. Our students were a credit to the school and they made quite an impression with many of the business and civic leaders.

Kids Lit Success

This year's Kids Lit Quiz saw 2 teams from South competing against 52 other teams from Canterbury for the honour of being this year's kids lit champions. Each team's knowledge of children's literature was tested over 10 rounds intended to challenge even the most confident and well-read teams. Question categories included Amphibians, Babies, Birthdays, Captains Caves and more.As always the competition was fierce and after five rounds the Year 8 team was well placed. The second half of the competition was tense with all teams striving for success. As the final results were announced, the South 1 Team of Aaron, Luca, Macey and Maisie took out the top spot with an impressive 86 points out of a possible 100. A stunning result from the Year 8 team who will once again compete in the New Zealand KIds Lit final in Wellington.

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