A TEAM from a Clydebank school have won a national competition held in the Scottish Parliament for a record FIFTH time.

Primary six pupils from St Mary’s in Duntocher worked very hard studying for the 2019 Euroquiz and managed to beat 31 other schools that took part in the final.

On Monday, Beth Dalrymple, Daniel Scullion, Cian Hynde and Michael Pearce were determined to carry on the school’s winning ways and take the trophy home for the second time in a row.

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The quiz was first held in 1993 and sees teams of pupils working together to broaden their knowledge of European history, geography, sport, culture, languages and the European Union.

This year, more than 2,000 pupils and more than 470 schools competed in the heats.

Christine Grahame MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer and Euroquiz quizmaster, said: “Every year I am amazed and sometimes a little embarrassed at the level of knowledge our talented young people have about our European neighbours.

“It’s been inspiring seeing young people from every corner of Scotland display such passion and knowledge of our European neighbour’s history and culture.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who reached the final and particularly this year’s winners St Mary’s Primary School.”

Local MSP Gil Paterson visited the school on Tuesday to congratulate the quiz team members who told him that they were glad that their hard work had all paid off.

Teacher Ms Donnelly, who trained the pupils, told Mr Paterson that she was extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm.

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Mr Paterson said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the quiz team and for St Mary’s. The team members are a credit to their school, to their parents, and to our whole community.

“I must also pay tribute to Ms Donnelly who gave so much of her time to prepare and motivate the pupils. I’m sure they will look back on their experience with pride and happy memories.”