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Year 8 Academic Challenge Day

During the first week of Term 4, fifteen Year 8 students travelled to Kingswood College to compete in an Academic Challenge day that consisted of eight categories: General Knowledge, English, Engineering, Science, Public Speaking, Art, Poetry, Maths and Code Breaking.  Activities included 'off the cuff' speeches delivered by various students on a variety of topics such as sports or occupation, identifying landmarks around the world, creating a building out of wooden skewers and marshmallows and illustrating a poem written by students responding to a Pablo Picasso quote: 'The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls'.

Ninety six students participated from eight different schools including Tintern Grammar, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, Ashwood High School, Scotch College, Kingswood College, Waverley Christian College, Luther, and Siena College. Tables of eight were formed with a mixture of students from different schools working collaboratively to complete the challenges. 

The day was a huge success with students enjoying the interaction with like-minded peers in a stimulating environment and being challenged to think creatively and spontaneously in the application of their general knowledge. 

Siena students who accepted the challenge were: Ella Castoldi, Sarah Baxter, Sophie Barnetson, Amber Wadia, Alyssa Leong, Angelina Rodos, Alessia Erzetic – Nadalin, Aurora Neuman, Madeline Castoldi, Jessica Higgins, Mia Kelly, Carly Walsh, Lauren Edwards, Mia Fenton, and Justina Flunt.

Results of the challenge: 

Jessica and Mia K’s table of eight ranked first overall for the day as well as winning the Code Breaking section. Amber and Madeline’s table won the Engineering component, Mia F and Angelina's table won the Science, and Carly and Alessia won the Maths challenge.

Student reflections:

I learnt new facts and information that can be applied to my learning. The session made me question my thinking and explore various topics. I really enjoyed working with new people and combining skills. 
Mia Kelly 

From the day of extensive challenges, I was able to greatly improve my general knowledge and confidence in public speaking.
Carly Walsh

What I most enjoyed about the conference was the atmosphere, and elements of fun in every activity. It was an extremely rewarding experience.
Lauren Edwards

 

 

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During the first week of Term 4, fifteen Year 8 students travelled to Kingswood College to compete in an Academic Challenge day that consisted of eight categories: General Knowledge, English, Engineering, Science, Public Speaking, Art, Poetry, Maths and Code Breaking.  Activities included 'off the cuff' speeches delivered by various students on a variety of topics such as sports or occupation, identifying landmarks around the world, creating a building out of wooden skewers and marshmallows and illustrating a poem written by students responding to a Pablo Picasso quote: 'The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls'.

Ninety six students participated from eight different schools including Tintern Grammar, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, Ashwood High School, Scotch College, Kingswood College, Waverley Christian College, Luther, and Siena College. Tables of eight were formed with a mixture of students from different schools working collaboratively to complete the challenges. 

The day was a huge success with students enjoying the interaction with like-minded peers in a stimulating environment and being challenged to think creatively and spontaneously in the application of their general knowledge. 

Siena students who accepted the challenge were: Ella Castoldi, Sarah Baxter, Sophie Barnetson, Amber Wadia, Alyssa Leong, Angelina Rodos, Alessia Erzetic – Nadalin, Aurora Neuman, Madeline Castoldi, Jessica Higgins, Mia Kelly, Carly Walsh, Lauren Edwards, Mia Fenton, and Justina Flunt.

Results of the challenge: 

Jessica and Mia K’s table of eight ranked first overall for the day as well as winning the Code Breaking section. Amber and Madeline’s table won the Engineering component, Mia F and Angelina's table won the Science, and Carly and Alessia won the Maths challenge.

Student reflections:

I learnt new facts and information that can be applied to my learning. The session made me question my thinking and explore various topics. I really enjoyed working with new people and combining skills. 
Mia Kelly 

From the day of extensive challenges, I was able to greatly improve my general knowledge and confidence in public speaking.
Carly Walsh

What I most enjoyed about the conference was the atmosphere, and elements of fun in every activity. It was an extremely rewarding experience.
Lauren Edwards