Monday, 13 August 2012

Pupils Show They Are On The Right Track During Olympic Themed Consumer Quiz

Pupils from five special schools around Cambridgeshire proved they were at the top of their game during an Olympic-themed consumer quiz organised by the County Council's Trading Standards team.

The Consumer Challenge is designed for youngsters with special educational needs and this year five schools took part in the quiz which was staged at Woodgreen Animal Shelter, Godmanchester.

This was the fifth year the quiz has been staged and the teams taking part were from Castle School (Cambridge); Highfields (Ely); Meadowgate (Wisbech); Samuel Pepys (St Neots) and Spring Common (Huntingdon).

The event was supported by a large number of fellow pupils, teachers and support staff and they witnessed one of the closest finishes ever. In the final round three teams - Castle, Meadowgate and Spring Common - were all level on points and a tie-break ensued.

Eventually the team from Spring Common took the gold medal. The school was represented by Joshua Town, Oliver Green, William Chapman and Oliver Price.

County Council Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Councillor Mathew Shuter, said: "Trading Standards does a really good job in supporting our communities and providing people with the knowledge they need to stand up for their rights.

"Holding a quiz is a fun way for the pupils to compete against each other and to learn about issues that may affect them in later life and how fitting that in this Olympic year the final round went right down to the wire."

Trading Standards Officer Paul Bass, who organises the quiz, said: "This was by far the closest of the quizzes we have organised and all the teams must be commended for the knowledge they showed throughout the rounds. It is important that the pupils are made aware of their consumer rights and other trading standards related issues and teachers always tell us that this is a fun way for the pupils to learn and become better informed consumers in the future."

Questions included areas such as money and finance, shoppers rights, food labelling and age related purchases. The Olympic round which was the last round required the teams to match numbers , names etc .

They were given 16 different names , numbers  and colours and had to match them to Olympic related events or details - ie events in Decathlon (10),  how often are the Olympics held (every 4 years), the colours of the Olympic rings.