Lord Mayor hails quiz champs

By on 09/07/2009 in News

Do you know your rights - can you answer the following?   

You go to buy a lap top computer. In the shop window there is
one priced up at  £30.50. However you know that the correct price should be £305.00 and the shop must have made a mistake. Can you make the shop sell you the laptop at the price in the window?

Well pupils at Lindsworth School North in Erdington know the answer - and it helped them win the Consumer Challenge Quiz National Final held at the Trading Standards Institute Conference in the Brighton Conference Centre on Tuesday 30/6/09.

They competed against 18 teams from other local authorities all around the country to become the overall Consumer Challenge Champions 2009.

The team consisted of three boys, Kyle Causer 15, Liam Chaplain 15 and Ryan Austin 16 supported by their teacher Margaret Buet and three other staff members. The Team won £1000 for the school and individual prizebags that included a camcorder, £50 Argos vouchers and Nivea products. 

Representatives from the school were special guests of the Lord Mayor at full council earlier this week as their impressive achievements were acknowledged by councillors.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor, Councillor Michael Wilkes, said: “I am absolutely delighted that a local team won, and look forward to meeting the team next week.

“This competition is devised for children with learning difficulties and is in its eleventh year.  These children are a particularly vulnerable group of consumers and the quiz was developed to educate and address these needs.

“It also helps develop their confidence, team working and communication skills. The quiz includes subjects such as Consumer Rights, Food Safety, Healthy Eating, Environmental Awareness, Money Matters, Health and Safety and Healthy Living. “

A total of 32 local authorities took part in the competition which involved over 100 schools in local and regional heats before getting to the national final.

The competition is organised by Birmingham Trading Standards supported by sponsors including Currys, PC World, Office of Fair Trading, Experian, Argos, Nivea,  Claire’s, Pertemps, Birmingham Assay Office, Financial Ombudsman Service, Validate Uk and BPI Anti Piracy Unit.

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