2013 Readers’ Cup report

On Friday 1 November, 11 very excited teams descended on Quantum Victoria for the 2013 Readers’ Cup. Teams representing:

  • Balwyn High School
  • Dandenong High School
  • Kew High School
  • Mentone Girls’ Grammar
  • Mill Park Secondary College

attended.

The day began with questions and answers on:

  • Diary of a wimpy kid and
  • Percy Jackson and the lightning thief.
At the end the first two rounds, 9 of the 11 teams competing had perfect scores. Impressive knowledge of the books!
Then the creative round was held. This is where each team devised a creative interpretation of one (or all) of the books. Everyone present was blown away by the quality of the presentations, which included:
  • stop motion animation
  • video presentations
  • news reports
  • mashups
  • dramatic interpretations
  • a prezi
  • and ‘Fakebook’ account.
Rounds three and four saw questions on:
  • Skulduggery Pleasant
  • Stormbreaker
At the end of the formal rounds, two teams were tied on a perfect score of 24 points.
The Potatoes and NA (both Balwyn High) then entered a sudden death tie break. After six further questions, The Potatoes were the only team with a perfect score and were awarded the 2013 Readers’ Cup.
Finals scores were:
  • The Potatoes (Balwyn HS) – 24
  • Booktique (Kew HS) – 21.5
  • The Purple Bluebirds (Mentone GG) – 22
  • Imagitivity (Mentone GG) – 23
  • NA (Balwyn HS) – 24
  • Rudite Eucalyptus (Dandenong HS) – 23.5
  • Purple People Readers (Dandenong HS) – 23
  • Mill Park Secondary College – 23
  • The Sparkles (Mentone GG) – 20
  • Bookaholics (Kew HS) – 22
  • Drama Llamas (Moneton GG) – 23
It was obviously a very tight competition this year where all teams really knew their books and put an amazing effort into their respective creative pieces.
Huge thanks to Quantum Victoria, Penguin Books and Allen and Unwin for venue and prizes. Also to Reina Phung for support, Kim Yeomans for technical support, Jan Connor, judge and question writer and judges Maria Cerra, Michael Jongen (SCIS) and Tye Cattanach (Penguin Books).  Thank you to the teachers and teacher librarians from the respective schools for entering their students in the Readers’ Cup, for encouraging them during the year and for bringing them along on the day. Thank you to all of the students for an outstanding effort. Your knowledge of the books, your skill in bringing the books to life and your good natured competition and support of other students was lovely to see.
The Readers’ Cup is not funded at all – we simply give our time to encourage students to read and to love books.