Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Caroline Esterson has this week written to the town's primary and secondary schools inviting them to take part in a new quiz to test their budding bards and number crunchers.
Cllr Esterson has drawn up plans to run an annual creative writing competition and a maths quiz for Maghull's primary and secondary schools.
She hopes the initiative will encourage youngsters in Maghull to use their natural skills while also helping them with their school work.
In her letter to Maghull's schools, Cllr Esterson says: "As a new administration, the council is keen to develop links with schools and as such would very much like to run a Maths and Creative writing quiz/competition to engage with schools and their students.
"Our aim is to ensure that all students who wish to get involved can.
"If it is something in which you are interested, please can you let us know by email firstname.lastname@example.org together with any days/weeks we should avoid engaging with students. If you have other consideration you would like us to bear in mind when planning the event please also let us know that so we can ensure that as many students as possible are engaged to participate.
"We aim to get full details out to you at the start of the new term."
The quiz will include:
- An online 10 question competition which students can complete in their own time. This will be commensurate with their Key Stage syllabus and all those with correct answers will be put in a ‘hat’ and the winners for each Key Stage will be drawn on the day of their ‘elite’ competition. All students who enter will also receive an individual certificate.
- A team competition for Year 5/6 primary pupils run in an afternoon in one of the school halls. This will consist of teams of four battling their maths skills against each other. With the winning school being crowned Maths Champions of Maghull.
- A similar style competition for secondary schools with separate competitions relating to their Key Stage.
- The creative writing competition will be open to all students who wish to participate. This will be a short story competition on a specific subject, again it can be supported in school time or entered individually in the students own time.
Cllr Esterson added: "We are now asking the schools to let us know if this is something which they would like to get involved in.
"This is a fun way of encouraging our young people to get creative and engage with their school work while also giving them the chance to win some top prizes.
"We will also be exploring opportunities for joint funding arrangements with local businesses, including sponsorship opportunities, to look at ways of being able to enhance the diversity and depth of prizes being awarded.
"But what the main aim of this whole venture is, is to celebrate the achievements of all of the town's young people while giving them the chance to shine and the recognition that they deserve."