Schoolchildren descend on Scottish Parliament for Euroquiz competition

07/05/2010

More than 120 Scottish primary school children will gather in the Scottish Parliament’s debating chamber on Monday 10 May to test their knowledge of European affairs by competing in a nationwide competition.

A total of 32 teams from schools across every local authority area in Scotland will battle it out against each other in the annual Euroquiz competition, answering questions on a range of subjects including history, culture and sport in a bid to win the top trophy prize.

The Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET) has been running the quiz since 1993 and this is the third year the event has been held in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament. The event is sponsored by Standard Life.

Deputy Presiding Officer Alasdair Morgan MSP will act as quizmaster and chairman, with Minister for Schools and Skills Keith Brown MSP, Chairman of SEET Gerald Wilson, Chairman of Standard Life Gerry Grimstone and the former Head of the European Parliament’s Scottish office, John Edwards, all scheduled to speak at the event.

Alasdair Morgan MSP said: “I am delighted to be chairing the final of Euroquiz once again at the Scottish Parliament. This competition offers young people in Scotland a chance to learn about our European neighbours and to show how much they know already.”

Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, Keith Brown MSP, said: “I’m delighted to attend the Euroquiz again this year and to meet the pupils involved. Having already attended my local heat in Clackmannanshire, I know the hard work that schools from across the country have put in.

“I believe it’s important that young people have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Scotland’s position in a 21st Century, globalised society. The Euroquiz is a fantastic way of helping young Scots to understand this, as they learn about Europe and its rich history and culture in an engaging and exciting way.

Rona Doig, Education Investment Manager at Standard Life, added: “Standard Life is delighted to sponsor Euroquiz. We’ve been working in partnership with the Scottish European Educational Trust since 2006 and have been pleased to see the competition grow each year. The competition gives the pupils the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Europe whilst developing their communication and teamwork skills.”

Each of the 33 Scottish schools taking part in the quiz have already won their local authority heat and will be competing against the winners of all the other heats in the final. The event will be broadcast live on the Parliament’s website – allowing pupils from all the primary schools around the country to watch and support their friends.

The 33 Scottish primary schools taking part in Euroquiz 2010 are:

  • Aberdeen City – Woodside Primary School
  • Aberdeenshire – Inverurie Market Place Primary School
  • Angus – Inverbrothock Primary School
  • Argyll & Bute – St Columba’s Primary School
  • Clackmannashire – Abercromby Primary School
  • Dundee – Barnhill Primary School
  • Dumfries and Galloway – Newington Primary School
  • East Ayrshire – Hurlford Primary School
  • East Lothian – Dunbar Primary School
  • East Dunbartonshire – Milngavie Primary School
  • East Renfrewshire – St Joseph ’s Primary School
  • Edinburgh – Liberton Primary School
  • Falkirk – Bantaskin Primary School
  • Fife – Dalgety Bay Primary School
  • Glasgow – Scotstoun Primary School
  • Highlands – North Kessock Primary School
  • Inverclyde – St John’s Primary School
  • Midlothian – Mauricewood Primary School
  • Moray – Applegrove Primary School
  • North Ayrshire – West Kilbride Primary School
  • North Lanarkshire – Eastfield Primary School
  • Orkney – Stenness Community School
  • Perth and Kinross – Cleish Primary School
  • Renfrewshire – Thorn Primary School and Wallace Primary School (joint team)
  • Scottish Borders – Tweedbank Primary School
  • Shetland – Whiteness Primary School
  • South Ayrshire – Alloway Primary School
  • South Lanarkshire – St Mary’s Primary School, Hamilton
  • Stirling – Drymen Primary School
  • West Dunbartonshire – St Mary’s Primary School, Duntocher
  • Western Isles – Back Primary School
  • West Lothian – Mid Calder Primary School

Last year the Euroquiz was won by St Mary’s Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire.

The Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET) is a registered charity established in 1993 which aims to promote and encourage education about Europe to students at schools, colleges and universities throughout Scotland.

The first Euroquiz for Primary 6 pupils was run in Edinburgh and the Lothians in 1993 as a joint event between SEET and the City of Edinburgh Council Education Department.

Standard Life has been working with SEET since 2006 to support Euroquiz as part of their corporate responsibility work in the community.

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