Successive International Science Representation
Science success continues at Christ Church with two Year 12 students selected to represent Australia at International Science Olympiads across the globe this year.
Jason Kong will represent Australia in the Chemistry Olympiad to be held at Cambridge University in the UK in July, following training at Edinburgh University in Scotland. And after recently representing Australia in the Asian Physics Olympiad in Bangkok, Thailand, Robert Holt will now also compete for Australia in the Physics Olympiad in Merida, Mexico in July.
It is the third consecutive year that a Christ Church student will represent Australia in Chemistry, highlighting the outstanding work being done by the Science teachers at the School. It also highlights the exceptional results being achieved not only by the boys concerned, but by their peers who provide competition on a daily basis.
Selection for these Olympiads is a lengthy and demanding process. Thousands of students from across Australia sit the initial exams, from which a small number are selected to attend intense summer camps. Australian teams are then selected from a final round of exams.
Jason and Robert, along with Joseph Wong (Year 12), studied an entire first-year science course at the Australian Science Olympiads’ Summer School at Monash University in January during the selection process.
This week, Jason and Robert, along with Christ Church Assistant Director of Studies Monica Mackay, went to Canberra for a presentation of Australian team blazers at Parliament House and a Press Club luncheon.
Dr Mackay said the School was very proud of the boys. “They have such a passion for their subjects and a drive for knowledge and understanding which has led to their success in this programme.”
Head of Science Michael Masterton said Jason and Robert’s selection into Australian teams was a great testament to the Science programmes at the School across the board, from Year 8 through to Year 11. “It also highlights the excellent quality of teaching that occurs throughout those years across all subject areas,” Mr Masterton said.
“And of course it is also attributable to the individual boys who have a passion for Science and are exceptionally gifted, talented and hard working.”