Congratulations to nine of our students who took part in a high-profile online History competition recently. This was run by the International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) organisation, and students from across the world took part – including Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

The International History Bee and Bowl offers two academic quiz competitions with a History focus. The ‘Bee’ is for individual students, while the ‘Bowl’ is for teams. Founded in 2010, IHBB now organises events in over 25 countries around the world, including the biennial International History Olympiad.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event on 13 March took place on Zoom. However, at least 40 students attended.

Oscar Venables came away in first place, she says, Duncan Rout third and Henry Weekes in joint fourth place. Luke Curtis, Cosmas Dunne, Oliver Farnan, Ryan Ilmane, Imaad Khan, and Jamie Woodward also performed particularly well.

Oscar says: “I have been involved with History Society since first year and enjoy all aspects of history. I was very pleased to win the History ‘Bee’ as I had no idea I could do so!”

IHBB events feature comprehensive questions on all aspects of History. The event’s founders believe that academic competitions can help students develop confidence, deepen historical understanding, and lead to friendships formed at tournaments. University admissions officers also are often keenly interested in past participation and achievements in academic competitions. Well done to all involved!


“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and did exceptionally well."

Mrs Molteni

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