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Mr C Rice and Miss A McIlrath with the the NI Junior Schools' Quiz winners - View Full Size Image
Mr C Rice and Miss A McIlrath with the the NI Junior Schools' Quiz winners

Loreto College, Coleraine is celebrating winning the Northern Ireland Junior Schools' Challenge quiz in their first year in the competition.

On 21st May, the team of Kathrine Giddens, Caoimhe Bond, Emma Kelly, Thomas McNeill, Odhran McKee and Conor Doherty-Greene (all Year 9) travelled to the Royal Belfast Academical Institution for the semi-final and final of this prestigious competition.  The draw brought local rivals Loreto and Coleraine Academical Institution  together in a tense and high-scoring semi-final, with Loreto emerging as winners by 610-540.  For those unfamiliar with the rules, the teams were separated by a single 'starter' question plus 'bonuses'.

In the final, the Loreto team faced the winners from 2005 and 2006, Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry and were delighted with a resounding 640-240 win.  Loreto will now travel to the UK national finals on 24th June.  Schools' Challenge is an annual quiz contest for Junior and Senior Schools and uses a similar format to University Challenge.

The team and their leaders, teachers Mr Clarke Rice and Ms Anne McIlrath, were congratulated on this tremendous achievement by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College.