A TEAM of Melrose Primary pupils flew the flag for the Borders at the finals a top quiz competition last week.

More than 550 schools and 2,750 youngsters participated in this year’s Euroquiz heats – which are run by the Scottish European Educational Trust.

The contest is open to all P6 pupils across Scotland.

Melrose qualified after winning the Borders heats against 13 other schools on March 15.

Border Telegraph: Tome Hume, Molly Trewartha, Libby Ketteridge, Ruby Jackson and Scott the Bear inside McEwan HallTome Hume, Molly Trewartha, Libby Ketteridge, Ruby Jackson and Scott the Bear inside McEwan Hall

All the finalists were put through their paces by quizmaster Mark Pentleton, from Coffee Break Languages.

And St Margaret’s RC Primary School (City of Edinburgh) won competition scoring 69 points from 70 questions.

Melrose scored 54 points, finishing in 16th place.

The Borders-based squad of six consisted of Tom Hume, Ruby Jackson, Libby Ketteridge, Molly Trewartha, Effie Lindsay and Eliza Middleton.

Teacher Hannah Wallace said: "I just want to comment on how proud I am of the Euroquiz team.

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“They have worked so hard throughout the whole process and tried their very best in the final.

“They did so well with their final score – what a great achievement.”

Previous finals were held at the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament, however, on this occasion it took place at McEwan Hall at the University of Edinburgh.

Jenny Gilruth MSP, cabinet secretary for education and skills shared a message for the pupils.

She said: “My congratulations to the schools that have reached this year’s Euroquiz National Final.

“Euroquiz continues to be a fantastic opportunity for young people in Scotland to develop valuable team working skills, expand their cultural outlook and improve their proficiency in other languages, as they learn about the fascinating history and cultures of our European partners.”