Academic Competitions

Academic Competitions provide a great opportunity for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and challenge themselves both academically and personally. This year we have been pleased to see increased participation of many students in academic competitions across different curriculum areas.

English

On Tuesday 31 July, 68 students competed in the UNSW ICAS English Competition. 2018 presented a new format for the competition and this is the first time in many years that Gymea students have participated! Students from across Years 7-10 participated, which is a very impressive effort. We eagerly await these results in a few weeks.

Mathematics

On Thursday 9 August we had 130 of our top Mathematics students from Years 7-12 competing against students from across Australia in the Australian Mathematics Competition. This competition tests student numeracy, problem solving and critical thinking skills through thirty increasingly challenging questions in 75 minutes. In  November, all students will receive a certificate and a report detailing their achievement.

Science

In May we had 33 students from Years 7-10 compete in the Big Science Competition, testing their scientific critical thinking and problem solving skills. This was a 50 minute multiple choice test with questions aligned to the Science Australian Curriculum and student performance compared to state and national averages. Our students did very well with the following noteworthy results:

  • 3 students awarded with a High Distinction
  • 6 students awarded with a Distinction
  • 8 students awarded with a Credit

Computing

In May we had 9 students from Years 7-10 compete in the ICAS Digital Technologies Competition. Our students performed really well with :

  • 3 students awarded with a Distinction
  • 3 students awarded with a Credit.

Congratulations to all participating students for challenging yourselves, competing in an alternative setting and stepping out of your comfort zones to extend your skills and gain feedback on your performance compared to other students across Australia.

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