Clever kids from Blakehurst are SBS Child Genius stars

Quiz masters: Blakehurst siblings Maxwell and Amy will battle it out in a new SBS documentary series, Child Genius.

Quiz masters: Blakehurst siblings Maxwell and Amy will battle it out in a new SBS documentary series, Child Genius.

Two pupils from Blakehurst will get their smarts on in front of a national television audience for a new show that celebrates the academic achievements of Australian children.

Child Genius, which is airing on SBS on November 12, is a six-part series quiz show that follows the lives of 19 bright children and their families.

Hosted by Dr Susan Carland, it has been created in association with Australian Mensa.

Pupils between the ages of seven to 12 will be tested on their knowledge of science, maths, spelling, history and future technology. 

These gifted children all have high IQs and showcase impressive cognitive abilities. They will undergo a string of challenging quizzes that will stump even the smartest adults. 

Child Genius also gives a unique insight into the joys – and challenges – of parenting a gifted child. 

Danebank School’s Amy, 12, and her younger brother Maxwell, 10, were encouraged to apply for the show after their mother Larnie saw their potential.

Amy is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, excelling in mathematics. She is also a keen writer and a published poet and a black belt in taekwondo.

Maxwell is also passionate about taekwondo and enjoys writing poetry and short stories – some of which have been published.

The lowest scoring competitors will be knocked out, with the top five taking part in a grand final to discover who will be crowned Child Genius Australia 2018. 

It starts at 7.30pm on November 12 on SBS and On Demand.

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