Pupils compete in SEET Euroquiz finals
Pupils from Edinburgh Academy won the 2011 SEET Euroquiz finals which took place in Holyrood chamber on 6 June, beating Cairneyhill Primary School in Fife by just a single point in the final round. The winning team was awarded a trophy, medals, and a globe for their school.
Jamie Miller, one of the winning pupils from the Edinburgh Academy team, said: "We've had a fantastic day and we're ecstatic to win. The four of us gave up the first day of our school trip to Holland to compete today so it's all been worthwhile."
The quiz has been run by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET) since 1993 and was sponsored once again this year by Standard Life. It tests Primary 6 pupils on their knowledge of European-related subjects, including politics, geography, music and art. Over 1,500 pupils from 370 schools took part in preliminary heats earlier this year to decide which team would represent each of Scotland's local authorities in the finals.
A congratulatory message from the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was read to the finalists before the quiz began. It read: "The quiz represents a great opportunity each year for children in Scotland to learn more about European history and culture. I wish the greatest success to all the finalists and hope that taking part sparks lifelong interest among them in European matters."
The role of quizmaster was performed by the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, assisted by James Temple-Smithson, Head of the European Parliament Office in Scotland.
To get an idea of the quiz for yourself, try some of the questions here or here.