Published on: 8 June 2017

There has certainly been a buzz in the air with boys from Years 2 to 6 participating in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) over past weeks.

Based on the academic nature of the competition, boys elect to be involved and typically demonstrate high academic ability. To date, the boys have been involved in competitions for Digital Technologies and Science with competitions for Spelling, Writing, English and Mathematics scheduled over coming weeks. Just last Tuesday, 136 boys gathered in Sandover to participate in the Science competition whilst students from across the nation also took part.

ICAS is a national and global competition run out of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) that has been held for over 30 years giving students an opportunity to compete with students both locally, nationally and internationally. It allows teachers and parents to gain insight into the capabilities of students assessing the higher order thinking and problem-solving skills needed for success in areas such as Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing.

“In 2016, we the Preparatory School had a record number of Distinctions and High Distinctions as well as medals for the highest scoring student in the state in Year 3 and 4 for Digital Technologies, Year 2 for Spelling, Year 4 for Writing, as well as a Year 3 and 6 for Mathematics”, says LW Parry Preparatory School Director of Studies, Mr Brad Hilliard.

“The academic level of achievement in the Preparatory School is outstanding and the boys have the opportunity to shine in external competitions such as this.”