A huge “congratulations” to the students who represented CHAC at the Global Round of the World Scholars’ Cup held in Sydney last week, who showed what we are capable of achieving with two students finishing in the top 2 per cent of international academic competition and every team member winning gold and/or silver medals in one or several categories.
Over five intense days of competition against 2,100 students from 26 countries, three CHAC teams pitted their knowledge of six diverse subject areas and their skills in exams, writing and debating. Subject areas ranged across Science and Technology, Art and Music, History, Social Science, Literature and this year’s Special Area, Unsolved Mysteries.
Apart from the Scholars’ Exam, one of the most challenging areas of the competition was Impromptu Debating, where teams faced three debates with only 15 minutes to prepare their case before each speaking for four minutes. Each of our three teams did well in this discipline, with our Junior Team ranked in the top 2 per cent of debating teams, achieving a gold medal and trophy. Individually, CHAC’s best debating performances came from Zoe Billings and Charli Theil from Year 8 and Thomas Russell and Daniel Carton from Year 10, who all achieved in the top 5 per cent of debaters.
In the enormously difficult Scholars’ Challenge Exam, CHAC’s highest achieving students were Thomas Russell (four gold, two silver), Sarah Leonard (four gold, one silver) and Rebecca Leonard (three gold, two silver). One of our Senior Teams (Thomas Russell, Hannah Seymour-Smith and Mikayla Davies) also achieved in the top 6 per cent of competition overall, an impressive achievement.
Our teams were:
- Thomas Russell, Hannah-Seymour Smith (Year 10) and Mikayla Davies (Year 9).
- Rebecca Leonard, Daniel Carton and Sam Clark (Year 10).
- Zoe Billings, Sarah Leonard and Charlotte Theil (Year 8).
Apart from the competition itself, students from around the world enjoyed a varied program that included a Scholars’ Ball with dancing T-Rexes, a Talent Show, and a Cultural Fair where teams from countries as varied as the Bahamas, Cambodia, Canada and Nepal showcased their own nations by sharing food, traditions, costumes and games. Our CHAC teams took this opportunity to promote Australia’s extraordinary wildlife, both furry and deadly. A huge thank you to the CHAC mums who helped us prepare for this part of the experience by holding a working bee to make Aussie animal t-shirts and assorted display materials. Connection with other students from around the world at events like this were highlights of this event.
Students also enjoyed a Harbour cruise on their first night, gliding past a fully lit Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge with phone cameras at the ready. On their day off, teams managed to get out, see some of Sydney, visit the Art Gallery of NSW and enjoy gelato from Circular Quay.
Again, a huge thank you to Mrs Leonard for making red CHAC team scarves for the event, complete with matching mini-scarves for the fluffy alpaca mascots the students were given to take home as a memento of their stay. An enormous thank you, too, to Ms Allie Squires, who supervised the Junior Team during their stay in Sydney and cooked up a curry storm in their apartment, perhaps the secret of their success?
What a student had to say...
"Being in Sydney and participating in a Global Round of World Scholars’ Cup (WSC) will surely be one of the highlights of my 2019. With this year’s six study topics being around the theme of ‘A world on the margins,’ WSC provided an opportunity to learn about events and cultures that would have otherwise been excluded from my education. As well as this, we were competing alongside thousands of other scholars from around the world. I met people from Canada, the Bahamas, Japan, Cambodia, and many, many more countries. Related to this year’s theme was my own realisation that global events like this, for people interested in learning and the world around them, provide an opportunity for us to connect. No matter where we come from across the globe, we can all develop an understanding of what things in this world are important, whether that is events in history or what we are about to have for lunch. WSC consists of a wonderful community of students and teachers and organisers, and the sheer amount of acceptance and welcome was incredible. It is events like this that serve as a reminder that no matter how divided our world may seem, we can still come together to compete, laugh, and make friends." (Rebecca Leonard, Year 10)