Students achieving success at academic competitions
Our Year 10 Cantamath winning team, Benjamin Frazer, Jaymee Chen, Xavier Dickason and Tobey Glithero did incredibly well to be the only Year 10 team at the competition to receive a golden ticket for achieving 100 points (all questions answered and correct). Our second Year 9 team (Samuel Jeon, Arisa Mori, Eva Hitchon and Sophie Goode) also achieved a golden ticket and was unlucky not to be placed, finishing fourth.
Future Problem Solvers
Our team of top 11 Future Problem Solvers represented both St Andrew’s College and New Zealand with pride when they competed at the International Future Problem Solving Conference at La Cross University, Wisconsin against teams from all over the world, where they had to identify and solve major problems in the field of biosecurity they are likely to face in their life time.
The Year 8 team achieved the highest world ranking, finishing 13th in the Junior Division. Hamilton Martin (Year 11) also did incredibly well to finish 17th in the Years 11–13 Individual Division, as did our Year 9 team that ranked 50th in the Middle Division. Harriet Rance (Year 8) and Scott Janett (Year 9) represented New Zealand in mixed-country teams.
Preparatory School Head of Enrichment Learning, Kelly McBride said the students were focused, well-mannered and demonstrated excellent self-management skills during the trip. “They worked very hard in the lead up to the competition and this was reflected in their outstanding results.”
Our Year 11 Geography team of Bruno Mitchell, Jake Newlands and Jack Fulton were placed second out of all Year 11 teams in New Zealand in the Maatangi Whenua: Year 11 Inter-school Geography Competition.
Three StAC students have achieved outstanding ICAS results, winning University of New South Wales medals for achieving the top score in their subject and year level – Scarlett Gray (Year 5) ICAS English, Gemma Lewis
(Year 7) ICAS Digital Technology, and Oliver Odlin (Year 9) ICAS Mathematics. Over 980,000 entries were received for these examinations worldwide, but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals, so this is an incredible achievement.
Three StAC students have received national honours at the Australian Mathematics Competition and Australian Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition. Arisa Mori (Year 9) won Best in Secondary School AMC, Harry Lieshout (Year 8) won Best in Preparatory School AMC, and Duncan Harvie (Year 10) achieved a High Distinction in the AMT CAT.
Five St Andrew’s College teams competed in The Otago Daily Times Extra! Spelling Quiz. In the Years 5–6 grade the StAC 2 team of Molly-Belle Morrow (Year 6), Megan Simpson (Year 6), and Sarah Waddington (Year 5) placed first; with the StAC 1 team of Jenna Howell (Year 6), Hayden Lam (Year 6) and Ricky Kotepong (Year 5) finishing third. In joint second place were our Years 7–8 teams: StAC 1, Meg Bowden Cooke (Year 8), Gabriel Spenner (Year 8), and Pieta Bayley (Year 7) and StAC 2, Luke Zhu (Year 8), Selena Gan (Year 8) and Gemma Lewis (Year 7).
Tournament of Minds
At the Tournament of Minds Challenge our Engineering Mathematics team comprising Molly-Belle Morrow (Year 6), William Bainbridge-Smith (Year 6), Eilish Johns (Year 6), Sienna Spark (Year 6), Maya Wylie (Year 5), Rylee McBride (Year 5) and Anika Bayley (Year 5) won their regional competition and went on to compete at the National Finals in Wellington.