The Multi-Aged Cluster Class (MACC) at Tecumseh Elementary has earned some serious bragging rights this month. For the first time ever, the MACC students competed in the BC Kids Lit Competition. The eight students in Ms. Cantelon's class not only won first place, they took second place as well.
This is the first time in the history of the literary competition in BC that a public school has won.
Public School 2; Private School 0.
"This was an excellent example of autonomous learning -the foundation of the MACC Program. These kids initiated the project, organized the meetings, drew up booklists and studied throughout the winter break," says Amanda Cantelon, MACC teacher.
The Tecumseh team (aka The Ink & Quills) are invited to represent BC at the Kids' Lit Quiz Canada National Final, hosted by the University of Toronto.
"This is an amazing opportunity for our students to celebrate their love of reading and inspire other readers," says Carrie Froese, Vice Principal, Tecumseh Elementary School.
"My favourite part was the team," says Will Shorthouse, Grade 6. "It was all of us together from the start, all the way up to the day before the quiz. I think we were more or less like the 8 musketeers
- 'All for one and one for all' was kind of our unspoken motto."
ABOUT KIDS' LIT QUIZ
The Kids' Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students aged 10 - 13 years.
Quizzes are held in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA.
The winning team from each heat competes in a National Final. National champions compete in the World Final.
The quiz was founded by New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills, who reads enough books to write several thousand questions each year.
Teams of four students are asked to answer 100 questions on children's literature divided into ten categories, which vary each year. Examples of categories set previously include poetry, authors, titles, settings, characters, and nursery rhymes.
MORE THOUGHTS FROM THE MACC STUDENTS
"Being together and studying together was amazing," says Abrielle Chan, Grade 7. "We helped each other through all our problems and having such amazing support is a win in itself."
"What I most surprised at, was that we won!" says Simon Tsui, Grade 6.
Aiza Bragg, Grade 6 says, "My teammates were an important part of our success. We filled the gaps in ach other's knowledge. Without each other's support, we couldn't have succeeded."
"I was very surprised we were the only public school to attend. I believe more public schools should go and participate!" says Alexander Sun.
UPDATE: The "Ink & Quills" returned from Toronto and the National Kids Lit Challenge with the 3rd place title in tow. Congratulations to all the MACC team members!