Haverhill students in Mastermind contest

Castle Manor Academy Book Mastermind winner Ethan Butler with runner up Elsbeth Hammond

Castle Manor Academy Book Mastermind winner Ethan Butler with runner up Elsbeth Hammond


Castle Manor Academy students competed to become a Book Mastermind in a recent competition.

As part of the Schools Library Services Book Mastermind competition pupils competed in preliminary heats, in which they answered questions, against the clock, on a book selected from a list provided by the SLS.

The questions were delivered in true Mastermind style and the winner of each heat went through to the academy final, resulting in year seven student Elsbeth Hammond runner up and the overall winner Ethan Butler from year nine.

Ethan went through to complete in the area final on February 3 at West Suffolk House.

Here he answered questions on his third book, SilverFin by Charlie Higson, as well as answering questions in a general knowledge round.

He scored joint top points and was awarded the runners-up spot on count back.

The winner of each round will attend the county final, along with the four next highest scoring competitors.

Ethan’s score was high, but unfortunately not high enough for a slot in the final.

“I scored better than I thought I would in the general knowledge round,” he said.

“There were one or two questions which I struggled with, but I am pleased to have joint top score in the area final.”

Partnership librarian Teresa Bailey, who accompanied Ethan to the final, added: “Ethan did extremely well and achieved an incredibly high score.

“He was very calm, took his time and had clearly enjoyed digesting the details of his book.”

Mrs Bailey organised the competition this year and was impressed by all the competitors.

“It was a fantastic competition and I couldn’t be more proud of Elsbeth and Ethan,” she added.

“Well done to both of them.”

The Book mastermind competition was run as part of an extensive programme of house competitions at Castle Manor.

Students from across the academy take part in a wide variety of activities throughout the academic year.

If you would like to arrange a visit to Castle Manor call Jason André on 01440 705 501 or e-mail JAndre@castlepartnership.org.uk.

For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, February 13) Echo.




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