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Students game for a challenge

A number of children in our Primary Classes sat the Australian Maths Trust Maths Competition on Thursday. 
This is an hour long exam type of test and the paper gets progressively more difficult, providing a great challenge to students with a love of maths.  They cannot discuss the questions with anyone but they can use resources like dice, calculators, scissors etc.
The Maths Challenge which students did in Term 2 is a more collaborative exercise where the children work for 3 weeks on 16 problems.

Roslyn Dunn


Meanwhile, hearty congratulations are due to the following students who achieved High Distinctions and Distinctions in the recent ICAS Science test. Forty-seven students took part which is a fantastic effort.

High Distinctions: Marlon L (3S), Thomas J (5T):  Distinctions:  Ayush O (3S), Hartley E (4J), Ashlee P (4J), Hayden H (5T), Aidan H (5T), William W (6R).

What is ICAS?
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element.  A new ICAS test is developed annually for each subject in each year level by subject matter experts. All ICAS tests are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school.
ICAS tests are sat at the student’s school and are invigilated by teachers under normal examination conditions.

John Colet School students in Years 3 – 6 may choose to sit ICAS tests.

Well done to all our students who are taking part in ICAS and other external competitions and tests this year.