Northgate’s Team Councils and School Council have had a busy year so far, taking part in meetings and events relating to road safety, the menu in Café North, 100 years of the vote and much more – they are proactive in all things Northgate. A few months ago this led the Rewards Team to think about how they could raise money to fund rewards events and activities for Northgate Students. They came up with the idea of a Quiz & Chips Evening and so the plans got underway. Organised by Miss Myhill, Mrs Holt and Miss Theobald, and supported by members of the Rewards Team, the evening would be open to members of the Northgate Community, including staff, parents, carers and students. However, being the competitive people we are at Northgate we felt this would also be the perfect opportunity to build it into a House Competition too. The race was on to get teachers from each of the houses to volunteer themselves for the quiz. Rowling (basically the Science department) were very quick to sign up, as were Holmes. Attenborough and Hawking completed the line-up. House points (and pride) were on offer but who would come out victorious? Along with the staff house teams, another 16 teams signed up, ready to take on each other and win the £30 cash prize and box of chocolates!

6pm arrived came and teams started to arrive. They were greeted on arrival by members of the Rewards Team and shown to their seats. They settled themselves in, many bringing along extra nibbles (the 6th Form team had a full on picnic spread by the looks of it!)

A warm welcome was given, the rules were explained and the quiz started. Miss Theobald was first up as compere with round 1 being on sport. Two teams were quick to play their joker on what they hoped would be a strong round. Next up was a round on logos and brands. This was a strong round for the Holmes team, scoring 8 points and also playing their joker. Rewards Team members Lauren, Rhiannon and Rhys were on hand to collect answer sheets whilst Dee, Adam and Sophie busily marked the rounds under the watchful eye of Mrs Holt. They were extremely efficient! Miss Myhill took the microphone for the next two rounds on Humanities and General Knowledge. After round 4 Holmes had taken the lead, closely followed by Attenborough and Rowling.

Half time saw the arrival of the yummy chips from The Railway Tavern. This gave teams an opportunity to reflect on how they had performed so far, predications as to what the remaining rounds would be and when they should play their jokers. It also gave teams the chance to complete a bit more of the table round which consisted of dingbats, where an extra 27 points were on offer.

Miss Theobald led the next two rounds of Maths & Science and TV. Rowling unsurprisingly played their joker on the Maths & Science round and scored a very impressive 9 out of 10, doubling up to 18 points! The Team of 6th Form teachers were also scoring consistently well. Rounds 7 and 8 were Music and Literature, consisting of a real mix of questions. As answers were displayed on the big screen there were cheers and groans depending on how teams had done!

The final round was on Celebrities and whether they liked this round or not, 3 teams had left their joker til the end and so hoped for a strong final round. Whilst the final rounds were being marked and scores collated we had the all-important raffle draw. There were some great prizes on offer including a pair of meal for 2 vouchers at Cosmo, £10 Theatre Royal Voucher, a voucher for 4 at Puzzlescape in Dereham, treats from Macarons & More, Ski Taster Session at Norfolk Snowsports, a Doggie Hamper from Shampooches, a bottle of wine and more! A big thank you to all the businesses who kindly donated these fantastic prizes!

Then came the final results – Miss Theobald mentioned that not only had this been a competition between the 20 teams, but there was also another battle going on between the staff House Teams. The results were as follows:

4th – Hawking

3rd – Attenborough

2nd – Holmes

1st – Rowling

There were big cheers all round. In the overall competition, Team 3 (consisting of Mrs Clay, Mr Cater, Mrs Comer and Mrs Bridges) came 3rd, Holmes Team (consisting of Mr Guy, Mr Darlow, Miss Moore, Mrs Galley, Miss Ling and Mrs Bailey). This meant the overall winning team were Rowling (consisting of Mr Russell, Mr Lea, Mr Brett, Mr Malin, Mrs Inker and Mr Jones). They were awarded £30 prize money and box of chocolates. Mr Mason, Head of School, brought the evening to a close by thanking everyone for attending, the student helpers and markers and Mrs Holt, Miss Myhill and Miss Theobald for putting the evening together.

Overall, it was a great evening, fantastic atmosphere and fun all round. Some comments from those who attended included:

– “It was a good evening and we appreciate the effort it must have taken to organise”.

– “It was excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed it”.

– “There was a really good atmosphere and a fantastic turn-out”.

– “It was a fun evening, I think it should be a regular thing!”

– “It was a great evening, we all really enjoyed it!”

– “Thank you for a brilliant night’s entertainment”.

Thanks to all those who came and helped us raise £344.81! This will go towards rewards events for our Northgate Students.