The  long-awaited Cranleigh Prep School House Challenge took place in the final week of term. It is indeed a tough challenge to keep your brains fully ‘in gear’ until the very end of term and that is exactly what  all of our competing teams managed to do. They gave us entertaining quizzes to look forward to as Michaelmas drew to a close.

On Monday evening, the first heat saw Clubs and Spades contest a very closely-fought first round. Spades just pipped Clubs to victory by 160 points to 145. On Tuesday, the second round saw Hearts line up against Diamonds. Hearts were marginally quicker on the buzzer claiming 12 out of 17 starter questions. This gave them an advantage in being able to claim bonus points to add to their score. Hearts won this round by 230 points to the 100 scored by Diamonds.

For the first time this year we had a 3rd/4th place play-off which was a 20 minute quiz between Diamonds and Clubs. This proved to be a thrilling contest with Diamonds just beating Clubs by 195 points to 190. Clubs led to the half-way point then a late surge of starters achieved by Diamonds secured them the third place.

The final was contested by Hearts and Clubs on the last morning of term and was witnessed by a fully-packed Wyatt Hall. The half hour competition saw the lead change hand on several occasions and both teams were on 95 points when Mr Britt turned off the scoreboard (his new tactic to keep up the suspense!). Hearts had two deductions for incorrect interruptions in the final half of the competition and Mr French (Hearts Housemaster) was finding it difficult to keep tally of the lead in his head. When the final scores were announced, Hearts were crowned House Challenge Champions with a lead of 245 points to 220.

It was the very closest of competitions and proved to be an entertaining and educational end to the term.

Congratulations to the winning Hearts team: Hugo W, Dillon F, Naalini B and Moog C. Commiserations to the Spades team:  William W, Oscar P, Digby W and Matthew D. But thank you both for providing such an exciting final.

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