European ‘eggheads’ are tops in Angus

The team comprised, from left - Owen Porter, Noah Foley, Ellie Church, Iona Couineaux-Rice; reserve team - Kiera Smith, Abbie McGlynn and Dailah Kid.

The team comprised, from left - Owen Porter, Noah Foley, Ellie Church, Iona Couineaux-Rice; reserve team - Kiera Smith, Abbie McGlynn and Dailah Kid.

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Pupils from Lochside Primary in Montrose won the Angus heat of a prestigious quiz on issues in Europe and will now compete in a final in Edinburgh.

The school took a team of pupils to Angus House in Forfar to compete in the annual event organised by the European Trust on behalf of the European Union.

The team consisted of seven pupils from P6, who were to take part in the Euroquiz competition. Four team members were selected to take part, and the other three were in a reserve team.

Lochside Primary and teams from seven other primary schools in Angus had four rounds of questions on European issues - geography, language, European institutions and culture and general knowledge.

At the end of rounds it was a tie, and Lochside went head to head against a Forfar team in order to decide which team would become the winner of the Angus heat.

On the final question, asked by the representative of the European Trust, Mr Ivory, Lochside answered correctly and won the county heat.

Mr Ivory said that “having been to several identical competitions, the Angus one had been the most contested of all, showing how well the teams were prepared and how knowledgeable the pupils in Angus were about Europe.”

Lochside were presented with a trophy and will be heading to the final at in the Scottish Parliament sometime in May after the General Election.

The winning teams of the regional heats from all over Scotland will sit in the seats of the MSPs to answer another set of complicated questions.

Teacher Philippe Couineaux said: “Lochside will try to rise to the challenge and will, without doubt, proudly represent Angus in Edinburgh.”

The final will be broadcast to allow schools to watch the final and support their team.