Strathdevon Fly Flag at Holyrood
Thursday 17th May 2012
Strathdevon Primary School from Dollar produced a highly creditable performance when they flew the flag for Clackmannanshire in the national finals of the Scottish European Trust's Euroquiz at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this week.
The Dollar schoolchildren came up against 29 other primary schools from around Scotland, as far afield as Stornoway in a bid to lift the coveted prize.
The final was held on the Monday, 14th May, on the floor of the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber at Holyrood.
The Strathdevon Primary School team consisted of Riccardo Calzetta, Isobel Findlay, Martha Tindall and Jack Wilson, with Lucy Murchison as travelling reserve - all P6 pupils. They were accompanied to the final by Head Teacher, Judith Edwards.
Strathdevon Primary School won through to represent Clackmannanshire at the Edinburgh final, after closely fought heats in Alva Primary School in March.
The final in Edinburgh was sponsored by individual donors and Trusts, the European Commission office in Scotland, Ian Hudghton MEP, David Martin MEP, Alyn Smith MEP, Struan Stevenson MEP and Catherine Stihler MEP.
Strathdevon PS and the other 29 finalists faced Quizmaster Elaine Smith MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament with questions covering history, geography, current affairs, sport, culture, the European Union and general knowledge.
Head of Education, Belinda Greer said "Euroquiz proved to be a great experience for the pupils at Strathdevon Primary, not just educationally but also gave them the opportunity of competing in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament."
Judith Edwards, Head Teacher at Strathdevon Primary School, said, "We are all so proud of the team's achievement. The children did really well, answering a whole range of questions. It was a fabulous occasion to be a part of."
The Strathdevon team just missed out in getting into the top five after three rounds of questions and only the two top scoring teams qualified for the final round. The overall winners were St Mary's Primary School from Duntocher, representing West Dunbartonshire, with the runners-up being Bearsden Primary, who were the qualifiers from East Dunbartonshire.