What were you doing on Friday 17 November? A number of parents and girls with other friends and family were in the school hall enjoying the annual KEHS PA quiz evening. This was a great few hours of friendly competition for all ages. There was a mix of teams with some families working together and others introducing another dimension by grouping themselves into mums, dads and children. The latter pushing both their parent teams hard but perhaps making a strategic decision late on to pull back, having identified that large Toblerones were to be the losing team’s consolation prizes!
There were seven rounds and questions ranged in both subject and difficulty from “Which ex-professional tennis player now coaches Andy Murray?”, for the sporting amongst us, through “Who found love in a hopeless place?” and on to “What was Redditch the world centre of?” There was also a picture round which involved identifying famous films – not so bad – and then the year in which they won an Oscar – rather more challenging! Overall there was a wide diversity of questions which enabled all age groups and those with different interest areas to feel involved. The whole event was informal, friendly and fun.
Drinks were on sale throughout the evening and about half way through there was a break during which brains were refuelled with delicious ploughman’s platters, hot samosas, fruit and chocolates.
The room had an excited buzz of conversation as teams “discussed” their final answers and a there was a rollercoaster of emotion as we marked each other’s efforts. Checking and verification were expertly and good-naturedly provided by the excellent Quiz Master and her assistants. Playing their “Joker” in the first round, the team Outnumbered were early leaders and performed consistently until they were just pipped at the post by The Bostin Strugglers. Was it fate or fortune that saw the gentle rivalry between the Yummy Mummies and the Bank of Dad settled with both teams achieving identical scores? The winners received bottles of wine and the team in last place took home plenty of chocolate, which no doubt helped them recognise there can be an upside even in defeat!
Many thanks to all those who attended and to those who bought raffle tickets giving them the chance to win some super prizes.
A number of other thank-yous are also deserved: firstly to the KEHS staff who were involved in the event, in particular Ms Pallister for drawing the raffle and providing technical support; secondly to the Quiz Master and her assistants, who themselves provide the quiz and give their time in order to raise awareness and funding for Christian Aid; and finally to the members of the KEHS PA who gave their time organising, preparing and running the evening.
If you didn’t make it this year we would recommend you put it in your diary for next November…
Before that there are a couple of other events to note down. At 7pm on Wednesday 12 December KEHS will hold their evening Carol Service at Old Church Edgbaston. In the midst of the seasonal frenzy this service can provide welcome moments of calm, with festive music and traditional words, in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Following the service the PA will be serving wine and mince pies.
On Friday the 8th March the PA will host “Mumbai Dreamz” which is a fun evening for all the family with curry and entertainment. Look out for more details in the Spring.