Clare Magee - GATE Coordinator

Big Science Competition

Fifty six GATE students were among the 48,000 students who took part in the 2016 'Big Science Competition' recently. From our cohort, 60% achieved in the top 20% of overall students, an outstanding effort!

The Big Science competition is run by Australian Science Innovations and is designed to challenge students and to track their averages against State and National results. It tests critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as factual recall. Questions are set in real life contemporary contexts.

Congratulations to all who took part.

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Scholar's Cup

Nine GATE students participated in the Scholar's Cup, held at Scotch College, last Friday and Saturday. The theme was 'An Imperfect World' and special areas included History, Crime and Justice, Disease and Public Health, Social Studies, the Arts and Poetry.

Our students competed in groups of three against more than 160 other students in four events:

  1. Debating; (collaboration, persuasive rhetoric and public speaking)
  2. Collaborative writing (teamwork, analysis, written communication)
  3. Scholar's Bowl (fast-paced group problem solving)
  4. Scholars Challenge (Critical thinking and decision making)

Our teams were:

  • Alina Jory, Skye MacMillan and Gabriel Kaye Year 7
  • Hudson Todd, Jacob Rigg and Ethan Pasch Year 8
  • Ben Linsten, Harper Turtle and Sophie Manners Year 8

I know all members of the team were more than happy to work until 6 pm on the Friday and then to give up 12 hours on their Saturday to stretch their brains and to learn in such a challenging and entertaining way. One of our parents commented their child "... found the competition extremely challenging but incredibly rewarding and had nothing but positive things to say about the event as a whole."

I had a challenging time adjudicating senior debating teams! We are all very keen to go back next year!

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