Torrential rain couldn’t stop over 165 zealous quizzers who gathered in Norwich School’s refectory for the FONS Michaelmas Quiz.
This is a much-loved event, and, after navigating the small lake outside the main doors, it was to see the refectory once again packed with ONs, friends, staff and parents – former and current.
With a glass of complimentary bubbles in hand we found our fellow team-mates and compared bedraggled appearances. Soon after, we were called to order. Team names were confirmed to the top tables, where later, our work would be marked and the points tallied.
But first, we strategized as to when to play our Joker; would it be the music round, logos, or science and maths?
We played Heads and Tails before we were ably led through the rounds by Mr Ingham, Mrs Gaskin and Mr Griffiths. It was a relief to see that there were no questions from the Lower School this year, which are by far the hardest!
Typical questions included: What was the final score in the England v Australia Rugby World Cup final in 2003? What does PCR stand for on a Covid test? What is the highest ever grossing film?
At the mid-point, we were treated to fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding while we completed our picture round. I can’t believe we didn’t recognise Richard Branson’s hair or Donald Trump’s grin!
Thank you to the FONS, staff and pupils who helped plan and run another fantastic event to raise money for the school, to the catering staff for feeding us so well at half-time, and to the Estates team for ensuring the flood that greeted us was nowhere in sight when we left.
I already look forward to next year’s Michaelmas Quiz!