The Guernsey de Putron Challenge have taken place at Beau Sejour, kickstarting the series of challenges being undertaken this month, with the Jersey and inter-island challenges left.
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 knowledge on a range of subjects. The theme was ‘It’s Time’ which was reflected throughout each of the rounds.
Vauvert emerged victorious in the year six competition with 11 points. Melrose came in second place, only 3 points behind.
The other schools that made it to the final were St Martins, who finished with 6 points, and Blanchelande, who scored 3 points.
The Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers ran the STEM round which was the first task both year groups undertook. The round saw teams create a ‘balloon car’ made out of cardboard, straws and various other materials. The team that could keep their car travelling for the longest amount of time gained the most points.
After closely contested rounds in the year eight heat, Elizabeth College and Ladies College made it to the final. In the final Elizabeth College emerged triumphant with a 2-point lead.
Every student that took part received a book voucher, and the teams that came in first and second place took home money for their schools. Vauvert and Elizabeth College will be going on to compete against the winning Jersey teams at the inter-island final which will be held live in Guernsey at Les Cotils on Thursday 23 March, with the winning Jersey schools travelling over.
Hayley de Putron, a trustee of the Ana Leaf Foundation and Founder of the de Putron Challenge, said: “Congratulations to Vauvert and Elizabeth College for winning the challenges in their respective year groups. Year upon year I am very impressed with the cleverness our young islanders hold. All of the teams did so well, and I hope that the peers who came to support, as well as the teams, expanded their knowledge and learnt something from the experience.”
Main picture: Year 8 winners Elizabeth College (L-R) Ines Silva-Roche, Beeke Voehrs and Noah Nicolle.