On 29 April, our General Knowledge Quiz Team travelled to Rochester to contest the final of the regional Rowland Constantine Shield. Along with five other schools it was a closely and hard fought contest with the teams contesting rounds from ‘Shapes’ to ‘Science and Nature’, ‘World Heritage Sites’ to ‘National Gallery Paintings’. The lead changed many times throughout and the competition ended with New Beacon tied for first place with Hilden Grange – our third win in three years! Congratulations to our super team: Adi, William, Sammy and Louis.

Here are some to try:

  1. What popular name was given to the summer of 1858; when the MPs of the House of Commons soaked their curtains in chloride of lime in a vain attempt to protect themselves from the offending smell of the River Thames?
  2. In 333BC who using his wit and cunning cut the ‘Gordian knot’?
  3. Hell in Dante’s Inferno is divided into nine of these. What are they?
  4. Which Scottish archipelago is home to a group of Neolithic monuments including a large chambered tomb at Maes Howe and the Skara Brae settlement?
  5. “Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships<
    And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?”
    To whom was Christopher Marlowe referring in his Tragical History of Dr. Faustus?
  6. Which girl’s name is Polonius’s daughter from Shakespeare’s Hamlet; is a painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais and is the real first name of Viper, foe of the Avengers and the X-Men?


  1. The Great Stink
  2. Alexander the Great
  3. Circles
  4. Orkney
  5. Helen of Troy
  6. Ophelia