Published on: 5 November 2015

Informatics is an exciting and challenging mix of mathematics and computer programming. At Christ Church, there are a growing number of boys eagerly embracing the challenging opportunities informatics provides, with many boys being recognised Australia wide for their achievements.

The 2015 informatics season recently culminated with 34 boys sitting the Australian Informatics Olympiad paper. The boys trained during school hours and in their own time, and as a result, Christ Church became the proud recipient of 22 awards out of 120 Australia wide.

The following boys achieved outstanding results:
– Devin He (Year 11) Silver Award (Senior Division), 8th overall Nationally
– Jason Chu (Year 11) Silver Award (Senior Division)
– Lumina Gajanayake (Year 10) Gold Award (Intermediate Division) (only Australian student with a perfect score in this division)
– William Hu (Year 9) Gold Award (Intermediate Division)
– Gilbert Porter (Year 10) Silver Award (Intermediate Division)

These five students have been invited to the prestigious Informatics School of Excellence from 10 to 20 December at ANU in Canberra. There they will be joined by 20 leading informaticians from around Australia and improve their algorithmic coding skills coached by former Informatics Olympians.

The Informatics School is poised to identify and develop the skills of students who may become members of the Australian Team to compete at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Russia in July 2016. The four members of that team will be selected after further examinations and the AIOC Informatics Selection School in April 2016.

Teacher in Charge of Informatics, Jan Honnens made note of bronze award winner Djimon Jayasundera (Year 7), the youngest Christ Church student to receive an informatics award.

“Congratulations to all the boys who participated. Informatics is an exciting field and I look forward to seeing the boys achieve more success for their beautiful and creative ways of thinking.”