The Jersey de Putron Challenge took place yesterday (15th March) at The Royal Jersey Showground.
It was the second challenge undertaken this month, with the Guernsey challenge taking place last week.
The de Putron Challenge aims to showcase the brightest young minds in Guernsey and Jersey. The Challenge brings together year six and year eight pupils to test their general knowledge, maths and creative thinking skills.
Les Landes School (shown in the main picture) emerged victorious in the year six competition with 17 points. Trinity School came in second place, only 1 point behind.
The other schools that made it to the final were St Christopher’s, Jersey College Prep, La Moye and St Saviour.
The Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers ran the STEM round which was the first task both year groups undertook. The round, which was new to the Challenge, saw teams build a structure using spaghetti and marshmallows.
After closely contested rounds in the two year eight heats, De La Salle, Grainville, St Michael’s and Victoria College came out on top. In the final it stayed a very close result with three schools gaining the same points going into the final round, but Victoria College won with 23 points followed by St Michael’s who won the tie break against De La Salle.
Every student that took part received a book voucher, and the teams that came first and second place took home money for their schools. Les Landes and Victoria College will be going on to compete against the winning Guernsey teams Forest and Blanchelande at the inter-island final which will be held in Jersey at the Jersey Royal Showground. For the first time teams will compete from their separate islands virtually via a live video link on Thursday 24th March.
Hayley de Putron, a trustee of the Ana Leaf Foundation and founder of the de Putron Challenge, said: “Congratulations to Les Landes and Victoria College for winning the challenges in their respective year groups. Every year I’m very impressed with how clever our young islanders are. All the teams did very well, and I hope that not only the teams but their peers, who came to support, expanded their knowledge and took something away from the experience.”
For more information and updates on the de Putron Challenge follow @dePChallenge on Twitter or search for ‘de Putron Challenge’ on Facebook.
The main picture shows the winning year 6 team from Les Landes school. Left to right, Charlie Manners, Jack Stear, Callum Cunningham and Ruby Boxall.