Over the Easter holidays, Rhys in Year 7, went all the way to India to play cricket for the ACT.
Rhys found his experience educational, both in the world of cricket and culturally. Riding around in tuk-tuks and playing in 42 degree heat Rhys said it great to go up against the kids from India as their play style taught his team some smart strategies, ‘they played shots into different areas of the field, then glide down to third man, whereas we look for the drop and run option more.’
Congratulations Rhys, what a wonderful experience!
Students from Years 7 and 8 recently competed in the very intense and traditional Da Vinci Competition held at Canberra Grammar. We competed against ten Colleges some of which included Canberra Grammar, Canberra Girls Grammar, Radford, Snowy Mountain Grammar and Merici College.
We achieved an incredible 2nd in the Science Category and 3rd in the Engineering Category of which there were ten disciplines.
Congratulations for an outstanding achievement Samantha, Grace, Clare, Olive, Elizabeth, Jack, Elisha and Imogen!
Year 9 student, Violet, recently competed at the NSW/ACT State Championships held at Harrison School and ended up walking away with 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals and therefore Overall Age Champion.
Violet also broke two Australian records, one with her team speed as well as her individual Triple Unders event. Violet scored 98 and beat the record by 1. This means that Violet’s rope goes under her feet 3 times with each jump. This is an amazing achievement!
Violet has also been selected to represent Australia in the Australian Skipping Team at the World Jump Rope Championships in Colorado Springs in July. Violet is competing in 9 events ranging from individual and team speed events, double dutch and freestyle. Her dedication to the sport and trying to achieve her best and reach her goals it what she loves the most about skipping.
Well done Violet and we wish you the best in the upcoming National Championships in June in Penrith as well as the Worlds Championships.
We congratulate Year 9 student Dàre for being the 2022 winner of the Edstart Technology & Innovation award. Winners receive help to fund an initiative they are working on. For Dàre, he will be using the assistance to develop an app to help primary school-aged students learn about and better understand children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Well done Dàre!
In August, a group of Year 10 students attended the ACT Brain Bee finals at ANU where they competed against other schools using their knowledge of Biology and Neuroscience.
In the individual challenge, Kat came 3rd and Zoe is now the ACT champion. This win has qualified Zoe for the national competition which will be held at the Australian Neuroscience Association conference in Melbourne in December. Our team came second overall in the team challenge.
Congratulations Zoe, Kat, Tahlia and Amelia—you are superstars!
Our sporting achievements at SFX are numerous with our many talented young athletes. This year we saw many students selected to play in local representative teams including Mayah (U16s), Cooper (U13s), Sam and CJ (U15s).
We have an incredible group of students involved in the STEM competition F1 in Schools. At the National Championships in Melbourne this year the teams cleaned up in almost all their categories. They did so well in fact that Team Innovation has been selected to represent Australia at the 2023 F1 in Schools world finals!
Our Professional Class teams finished 3rd (Innovation Y12) and 4th (Protiera Y11) in Australia. Innovation came away with 5 awards in total. Protiera got two awards to complement their 4th place. Finally, our Development class team, Synergise, also received an award.
Further to the success of our students, staff member Mr Graham Stock was also recognised for his efforts in building the STEM capacity of Australian students. Congratulations to all the superstars involved and a big thanks to Mr Stock, Ms Marriott and all those that contribute to the program. Such outstanding achievements for our students and SFX!
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