On Saturday 21st December 2013 UKTSU successfully hosted the finals of BBP (Britain’s Brainiest Pillai) 2013. The educational quiz competition, which has now been running for the 5th time, was praised with around 200 applicants from all over the UK.
Promotions started in early July, with application forms being eagerly completed by both children and parents. Students were more enthusiastic then ever before to compete with their peers and be crowned ‘BRITAIN’S BRAINIEST PILLAI 2013‘.
Participants were split into three age categories of under 9s, under 11s and under 13s. Each category was tested on various topics, ranging from traditional school subjects to more common areas of interest. Similar to previous years the topics were: Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, Religion, Sports, Tamil, Entertainment and General Knowledge.
There were two initial rounds in which students went through rigorous assessment before the most talented amongst them were invited to the grand finale. Rounds 1 &2 simultaneously took place at a number of test centres across the nation. Round 1 saw participants taking multiple choice tests, following which the highest scoring participants entered round 2, where their knowledge was tested verbally.
Round 3, the finals of BBP 2013 were hosted at John Lyon, the prestigious private school in North West London. Teachers from a number of Tamil schools and relatives, distant and close, all came to support their children in the final showdown. The show opened with a few ice breaker activities to entertain the audience whilst making the children feel comfortable on stage. There is no exaggeration in saying that the show had it all! Puzzles, Countdown questions and Memory games were only some of the activities the finalists were engaged in before Britain’s Brainiest Pillai of 2013 had been found.
At this point, we would like to thank all the parents and teachers at Tamil schools for encouraging their children to get involved, and providing us with test centres for Rounds 1&2. We were lucky to have support from Navalar Tamil school (Rayners Lane), Southall Tamil Kalvi Koodam, London Anglo Tamil Association (Edmonton), South West Tamil Kalvi Koodam and Naalvar Tamil Academy (Eastham).
BBP 2013 would not have been possible without the kind support from our sponsors: Abi Fast Foods (South Harrow), La Masala (Rayners Lane), Peri Peri chicken (Rayners Lane), Best Foods (South Harrow), Shankar and Co. (South Harrow), Gaana Restaurant (Rayners Lane), Nando’s South Harrow and Cake Box (Rayners Lane).
Last but not least, thanks to all our committed volunteers who have worked hard throughout the process to make BBP 2013 a massive success!
★★★ WINNERS OF BBP 2013 ★★★
- Vishnu Suthakaran – London Anglo Tamil Association
- Ilakiyaa Sellathurai – Tamil Kalvi Koodam (Southall)
- Vigaashan Asokan – Harrow Tamil School Association
- Jeran Jeyanthan – London Tamil Centre (Wembley)
- Shilacsan Lingakumar – Tamil Kalvi Koodam (Hillingdon)
- Tharmika Thevarajah – London Anglo Tamil Association
- Ashley Bastian – Tamil Kalvi Koodam (Essex)
- Ayshvaan Thevarajah – Hendon Tamil School
- Jathavan Thevarajah – London Anglo Tamil Association