Q UICK response to questions and a clear mind in thinking helped Queen's College to this year's championship at the Joint School Science Contest held recently. The contest was co-organised by St Clare's Girls' School, St Louis School and St Paul's Convent School. Queen's College overwhelmed the other finalists - Belilios Public School and St Clare's Girls' School - by attaining an exceptionally high score of 640. Belilios Public School grabbed second place by notching up 410 points while St Clare's secured 340 marks. Because of the outstanding performance of Queen's College, the team also won a special prize for securing the highest score. Winning team captain Franky Chung Chong-sun said they were happy to beat the other schools after nearly one-hour of tough and fierce competition. ''I did not spend much time preparing for this contest because I put in a lot of effort about a month ago for the Joint School Science Quiz, in which our school clinched second prize,'' the sixth-former said. Other team members Jacky Ho Lung-wei, Gordon Tsui Siu-kay, Henry Lam Hei-ning and Mok Ngai-shing, who are busily preparing for the coming HKCEE, also performed up to par. Gordon said: ''The contest can be regarded as a good revision vehicle to test our real ability and degree of understanding of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.'' Although questions were based on the HKCEE syllabus, some related to general scientific knowledge which students should have learnt. A strategy which proved useful to the winner was avoiding to answer most questions on Mathematics and Physics. ''Since those questions would take us longer to solve, we passed over answering those which required us to make complex calculations,'' he said. The annual competition was aimed at arousing student interest in science. ''We would like to make students realise the importance of science in daily life,'' the chairman of the organising committee, Christina Chong, said. ''The contest also gives them an opportunity to exchange experience in the learning of science.'' A series of six preliminary heats and two semi-finals were held last month at St Paul's Convent School and St Louis School, which also was the venue for the final. Dr Cheung Kie-chung, a professor at the University of Hongkong's Department of Mechanical Engineering and supervisor of the contest, presented the prizes to the winners.