Winterfold Pupils at the Scholar’s Cup, The Hague, Netherlands

Congratulations to Louis M and Heydon S who qualified for the Global round of The Scholar’s Cup at the Hague.

The pupils, including Lewis T did very well in the regional round held at Bromsgrove School and were delighted to have the opportunity to compete in the global round alongside 1900 scholars from fifty-one countres.  The Opening Ceremony was exciting, with representatives from many embassies, including Austria, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia and the Netherlands.  They all described the scholars as having bright minds, a commendable passion for learning, future leaders of the world and global citizens of the future.

Louis and Heydon spent five days in Holland, with activities ranging from a treasure hunt at Rotterdam Zoo, the Scholar’s Challenge consisting of a 150 question exam, debating, collaborative essay writing, the Scholar’s Bowl, a debate showcase and a talent show.  After enjoying a day of exploration in the Hague, everyone attended a Cultural Fair, where fifty-one countries shared their cultural traditions.

Louis and Heydon attended the Global round as a team of two, knowing it would be impossible to qualify for the Final in Yale, for which the scores of three team members were required. However, on Day 1, the boys were asked if they would like to help two other teams of two who had each lost a team member to sickness on the day. The boys showed great maturity, working with the other four scholars to create two new teams of three. All previous teams split up and each new team had a boy from the UK, a girl from Turkey and a boy from Austria. Neither of the new teams qualified for Yale but the way they worked together and helped one another was incredible.

This was an amazing experience for Louis and Heydon, working with some of the best scholars in the world. They loved every minute of it.