Published on: 5 May 2021

It has been another successful year for Christ Church boys participating in The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO).

OzCLO is a team-based national competition which challenges students to solve puzzles in real languages. Students work together in groups of four on a range of analytical problems.

On 17 February, four of the School’s teams competed in the WA Finals – three Year 9 teams in the Junior Category (open to Year 9 and 10 students) and one Year 11 team in the Senior Category (open to Year 11 and 12 students). After a rigorous and tense competition, all four Christ Church teams achieved Gold Certificates on the day.

Achieving Gold in the Senior Category was Joshua Chen, Kenneth Lo, Krish Mall and Jason Liu. In the Junior Category Gold certificates were awarded to Allen He, Andrew Dreyer, James Chipper and Matthew Jarvis.

There were also two additional teams in the Junior Category who achieved notable results on the day, finishing 3rd and  2nd respectively in the WA Finals. This is indeed an incredible effort, as the two remaining Christ Church teams were only narrowly defeated by a Year 10 team from St. Mary’s.

Finishing in 3rd Place, with a total score of 83/100: Edward Hadi, Alex Molyneux, Wesley Peh and Jeremiah Wang.

Finishing in 2nd Place, with a total score of 84/100: Aaron Goh, Gabriel Haselhurst, Max Pearse and Andy Wu.

As a result of finishing within the top three teams in the state, these boys earned an invitation to compete in the National Finals alongside the top three placed teams across all Australian states and territories. On 3 March, our boys ventured to UWA to represent our state, and compete alongside teams from St. Mary’s in the Junior Category, as well Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Perth Modern School and St. Mary’s in the Senior Category.

The boys again achieved outstanding results in the National Finals, with the team of Edward, Alex, Wesley and Jeremiah achieving a Bronze Certificate, and the team of Aaron, Gabriel, Max and Andy achieving a Gold Certificate.

For our Gold placed team, their effort on the day achieved them an equal 3rd place across all Junior competing teams in Australia.