It is that time of year again when we in the credit union movement launch the annual All Ireland Credit Union Schools Quiz. Each year the quiz sees over 25,000 school children under the age of 12 take part every year across Ireland and this is certainly an event that we all very much look forward to.
The quiz is one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events in the primary school calendar, consisting of two knock out stages at local and regional level and culminating in a National Final in Dublin’s RDS on April 12th 2015 where 100 qualifying teams will compete under the watchful eye of our ever popular Quiz Master RTE’s Marty Whelan.
The Quiz will be run throughout communities all over Ireland by volunteers from over 300 credit unions and seeks to encourage teamwork among young children under the age of 13. The questions are compiled by primary school teachers and will cover topics such as geography, history, music, literature and sport. I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank to those credit unions and volunteers who make all of this possible.
The Quiz provides children from around the country with the chance to have lots of fun while learning the importance of team work in achieving success. We’d like to wish everyone the very best of luck at the local & regional levels and look forward to seeing all of our finalists next April.
The Quiz is divided into two sections: Competition A for children up to 11 years and Competition B for children between 11 and 13 years. Local quiz winners go through to the Regional Final and the regional winners and runners-up will compete for the National titles in April 2015. Local winners will receive prizes from their local Credit Union. Regional winners and runners-up will also receive prizes and their schools will receive cheques. The National winner and runner-up receive a silver salver, significant personal prizes – and their schools are each awarded a substantial cheque. Every finalist receives a special certificate marking their achievement.
Registration for the 2015 Schools Quiz is now open, for registration forms or further information, please contact your local credit union or visit the ILCU website at www.creditunion.ie.