Posted on 04 December 2019
To win one challenge in a major state competition is excellent, but to win two out of three and be informed that no other team has ever accomplished such, is extremely encouraging; especially when the final national challenge is only a matter of days away.
This was the case in the recent BRAINways Education Competition, held in conjunction with the University of Queensland. Three of our Year 6 students, Hamish Harris, Lachlan Maier and Felicity Wright competed in The Quest, an event that incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Science and Humanities.
The two preliminary challenges, held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, were offered over a two-day period. The first day prepared students for the challenge ahead, rotating through the three subject areas and introducing their focus topics. On the second day, a similar system of rotation was undertaken by the teams but this time presenting the actual challenge itself. Students from 28 different schools competed in the state competition. It was at this stage that our three students, Hamish, Lachlan and Felicity accomplished so well.
Unfortunately, at the national competition, to be held at the University on Saturday 7 December, Hamish will be unable to attend due to school holidays. His team place is being taken over by Year 5 student, Hannah Parkyn.
The Quest National Competition is a wonderful opportunity for gifted and talented students to challenge themselves. It also allows students to work alongside like-minded peers, not only as a team but as a member of a group that is representing their school.
The College community congratulates the group on winning two of the three challenges to date and wishes them good luck for an enjoyable and successful national competition.