Report from Mr Law
Without a doubt, the highest standard first round of the competition I’ve witnessed over the last ten years. Teams of three students, each answering three questions, no confering, for a total of 6 marks apiece over three rounds. With another 6 marks possible for the written answer team round, that brings the total available for National 5 Physics related questions to 24. We lost a mark for forgetting to include the unit in the team round. Hopefully a lesson learned for their SQA exams. Notre Dame performed flawlessly on these directed questions. Bearsden and Dunblane only lost 2 marks apiece. In total therefore, the 4 teams scored 95%, an impressive knowledge of their work up to now.
With a four mark anagram round and the competition opening and ending with a buzzer round worth 20 marks, the outcome was determined by reflex as well as general knowledge and familiarity with current news items. As far as memory serves I can recall only 3 questions in these rounds that the teams couldn’t answer correctly.
After the 1st round Bearsden and Dunblane were ahead by 5 marks. By the last round Bearsden had a slightly reduced lead with Dunblane a couple of points adrift. A good last round from Our Lady’s High and they were level with Dunblane with only one more question to answer. As the words of the immortal Scottish Bard wrang out, I was screaming for our team to just buzz in … screaming inside my head that is … and I watched as one of them pressed their buzzer. Their buzzer light did not stay on and I waited to hear which school had buzzed first. It was Dunblane. Sure enough they had the correct answer and along with Bearsden, the clear winners, two very worthy teams progress to the semi-finals. With Notre Dame only a couple of points behind us the heat was not only of a very high standard but also very evenly balanced. Well done to WoSPEG for delivering such a vibrant celebration of Physics.
Our team of Patrick Quinn, Emma Dolan and Heather Nugent were an absolute credit to our school. They couldn’t have performed better other than perhaps having cybernetic implants to improve their speed of reflex. Along with the excellent cheerleading reserve Ryan Kane they seemed to thouroughly enjoy the competition, the experiments laid on prior to the quiz (mainly involving liquid Nitrogen) and the complimentary drinks, chocolate and WoSPEG mugs for participants. There’s always next year.