Melrose Primary School pupils are 2017 Euroquiz champs

Five schools pupils hold a cup they have won

Published: Thursday, 16th March 2017

A team of primary six pupils from Melrose Primary School has taken the top prize at the annual Scottish Borders Euroquiz, retaining the title they have held for the previous two years.

The quiz took place on Thursday 9 March at Galashiels Academy when fifteen primary schools competed in the local area final of the Scotland-wide event. Organised by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET), subjects covered were:

  • history
  • geography
  • sport
  • culture
  • languages
  • the European Union.

Fifteen schools took part

Schools involved in the competition were:

  • Channelkirk Primary School
  • Coldingham Primary School
  • Drumlanrig Primary School
  • Heriot Primary School
  • Kingsland Primary School
  • Kirkhope Primary School
  • Melrose Primary School
  • Newtown Primary School
  • St. Boswells Primary School
  • St. Margaret's RC Primary School (Gala)
  • St. Peter's Primary School
  • St. Ronan's Primary School
  • West Linton Primary School
  • Yarrow Primary School
  • Yetholm Primary School

Melrose triumph over Coldingham in the final

Melrose faced stiff competition from Coldingham Primary in the final before triumphing for yet another year. They will now go on to compete against other local authority teams at the national event in May, to be held at the Scottish Parliament.

Donna Manson, Scottish Borders Council’s Service Director Children and Young People

“This annual event goes from strength to strength and remains a tremendous example of the way in which children from all over the Borders can come together to experience learning in a fun and good-spirited way. The knowledge displayed by all these young people was impressive and they are each to be commended, both for their individual and team contributions, and for the well-mannered way in which this competition was fought.

“Many congratulations to Melrose on yet another well-deserved win. To have retained the title for three years in a row is very impressive and they should be very proud of their achievement. I wish them all the very best as they go forward to the national finals in May.”

Newtown Primary win the art prize

Schools were also invited to take part in an optional art competition in the build up to Euroquiz by selecting one country within Europe and producing a piece of art that represented their chosen nation. Winner of this year’s competition was Newtown Primary School who created a bright and colourful collage based on their impressions of Spain.

Donna Manson, Scottish Borders Council’s Service Director Children and Young People

“Congratulations must also go to Newtown on their creative interpretation of the competition brief. Their submission captured the bold colours and key elements of the Spanish culture in a striking piece that was a worthy winner.”

She then thanked the people who had worked behind the scenes to make the event the success it was, saying: “From support staff to teachers, parents and fellow pupils, this truly was a team effort which is appreciated by everyone who took part.”

More information

  • Images are available from our Flickr page.
  • The Scottish European Educational Trust is a registered charity, set up in 1993 and provides information about Europe and the European Union to schools, colleges and universities. It works closely with the European Parliament, the European Commission, Education Scotland, the British Council and the Scottish Government. It recently won an Active Citizen of Europe Award from Volonteurope. Events such as Euroquiz are made possible through the support of various donors, including companies and individuals. The main sponsor of this year’s event is the European Parliament Office in the UK. SCILT, Scotland’s Centre for Languages, and Heriot Watt University assist with the language round and producing questions recorded by native speakers.