ON November 13, Hereford Cathedral School hosted a fun annual World Wise Quiz for all secondary schools from across the county.

The geographical quiz is similar in style to the popular TV programme University Challenge and has seven challenging rounds including a GIS locations photo challenge, an OS map skills test, a food security round and a quick fire alphabet round on world general knowledge - these are all coordinated by Paul Bayliss from St Mary's High School and Ingrid Heatly from United Purpose.

The evening is a testament to the teamwork of the HGTG and this year was the 35th year of the quiz running.

This year, the winners taking the shield back to school with pride were Fairfield High School led by Mrs Helen Rodgers.

They were extremely closely followed by St Mary's High School and Whitecross High School who all demonstrated a fantastic knowledge of the subject.

Many thanks go to all of the schools who participated in the event.

Thank you to the teaching staff who took time to prepare and encouraged their teams and also to the students themselves who tackled each varied round of the quiz so enthusiastically.

The highlight of the event remains eating doughnuts at half time and this year organisers would like to publicly thank Claire Jopling the community champion coordinator for Morrison's supermarket for sponsoring the event with 50 free doughnuts for the teams and their supporters.

Thanks also go to committed retired geographers from across the county; Catherine Close, Linda Miles and Paul Smith, who return to help with the running of the event. Linda Miles originally set up the event for the county in 1984.