14 May 2019 by Jane Byers
Congratulations to the P6 team from St Mary’s Primary School Duntocher who won the Scottish European Educational Trust’s National Euroquiz Final 2019, which took place in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 13th May 2019.
St Mary’s Primary School Duntocher were crowned SEET’s Euroquiz Champions 2019 at the national final. The winners were closely followed by Hermitage Primary School from Argyll & Bute who took second place in a nail-biting final round. Pupils from Forthill Primary School in Dundee also did incredibly well, winning the prize for third place.
Euroquiz is run by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET), a non-political charity, which works to promote language learning, skills development and education about Europe and the wider world to young people across Scotland. The project sees events take place locally at first, with every authority hosting their own heat before progressing to the national Grand Final. Over 470 schools from across Scotland took part in Euroquiz Heats from January to March this year, involving more than 2,300 pupils overall. The winning teams from each of Scotland’s 32 Local Authority areas travelled from far and wide to attend the national final at the Scottish Parliament, all eager to demonstrate their knowledge and learning.
Euroquiz started in 1993 as a small quiz for Edinburgh schools, and has now grown to be a Scotland-wide event, becoming an established and popular part of the primary school calendar. Pupils form teams and use free resources to learn about a series of topics including citizenship, geography, history, culture and languages. Through participating in Euroquiz, pupils deepen their knowledge of international affairs, but also have the opportunity to develop team building, confidence, language and communication skills.
The finalists were put through their paces by quizmaster Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and Per Johansson from the European Parliament Liaison Office in Scotland. Pupils were cheered on by parents and peers in the public gallery, and even remotely, with many schools tuning in to watch the live broadcast of the event. All participants this year were a credit to their schools and thoroughly impressed all guests in attendance with their knowledge of the world around them. Well done to everyone who took part in Euroquiz 2019!
John Swinney MSP, and Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said:
“Euroquiz is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn more about the rich and diverse culture of our European neighbours. It broadens horizons, allowing them to increase their language ability and other core skills while giving them a chance to share that learning with their peers.
My whole-hearted congratulations to everyone who has participated in this year’s Euroquiz, particularly those competing in the National Final.”
Deputy Presiding Officer and Euroquiz quizmaster Christine Grahame MSP said:
“Euroquiz is a highlight in the Scottish Parliament calendar. This is my third year as quizmaster and every year I am amazed and sometimes a little embarrassed at the level of knowledge our talented young people have about our European neighbours. I’m sure the pupils from all across Scotland have been studying very hard for this final and will be determined to take home the trophy.
The Euroquiz heats involved more than 2,000 pupils and over 470 schools so it’s great to see the enthusiasm for this competition and I congratulate each and every one of them for reaching the final.”
Full list of participating schools:
Aberdeen City (Robert Gordon’s College)
Aberdeenshire (Mill o’Forest Primary School)
Angus (Maisondieu Primary School)
Argyll & Bute (Hermitage Primary School)
Clackmannanshire (Strathdevon Primary School)
Dumfries & Galloway (Troqueer Primary School)
Dundee (Forthill Primary School)
East Ayrshire (Annanhill Primary School)
East Dunbartonshire (Lenzie Meadow Primary School)
East Lothian (Gullane Primary School)
East Renfrewshire (Busby Primary School)
Edinburgh (James Gillespie’s Primary School)
Falkirk (Comely Park Primary School)
Fife (Duloch Primary School)
Glasgow (Kelvindale Primary School)
Highland (Cradlehall Primary School)
Inverclyde (Inverkip Primary School)
Midlothian (Mauricewood Primary School)
Moray (Hopeman Primary School)
North Ayrshire (West Kilbride Primary School)
North Lanarkshire (OLGA Cathedral Primary School)
Orkney Islands Council (Shapinsay Community School)
Perth and Kinross (Portmoak Primary School)
Renfrewshire (Houston Primary School)
Scottish Borders (Clovenfords Primary School)
Shetland (Aith Junior High)
South Ayrshire (Glenburn Primary School)
South Lanarkshire (St Leonard’s Primary School)
Stirling (Strathblane Primary School)
West Dunbartonshire (St Mary’s Primary School)
West Lothian (Linlithgow Primary School)
Western Isles Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Sgoil an Rubha)