Credit unions across Ireland are preparing to stage the 2017 All Ireland Credit Union Schools Quiz for the 26th year. 25,000 school children from north and south are taking part in the quiz, which culminates with 100 teams battling it out at the always exciting national finals at the RDS in Dublin.
The All Ireland Schools Quiz has been one of the most popular and successful promotions undertaken by the credit union movement over the past number of years. Every year, volunteers from more than 300 credit unions run the event. We have an overwhelming response from schools to our annual quiz each year and participation rates again this year are extremely strong.
A core focus and aim of our national quiz is to encourage learning in a teamwork setting for school children. The quiz is an enjoyable and fun event that nurtures an environment of collaboration among our school children. The national final is a great way to show children the importance of teamwork in achieving success.
This year, there is a fantastic prize fund of €4,000 for winning schools at national level, while local and regional winners will also receive a range of prizes. 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. The winning teams at the national finals will receive €1,250 per school, with the runner up teams in each category receiving €750 for their schools.
Two knock-out stages will take place at local and regional level with the first round taking place the final weekend in January, and the second stage taking place in early March. Popular television and radio personality Aidan Power is taking up the mantle as this year’s Quiz Master for the grand finals on Sunday April 2nd at the RDS.
Registration for the 2017 Schools Quiz is now open and I would encourage all schools and children interested in participating to ask about registering at their local credit union.