UNSW ICAS Competitions

We’re still taking entries for this year’s ICAS!

The competition closing dates and costs are below. If you haven’t yet entered, there’s still time. Entries for Digital Technologies close this Friday!

Digital Technologies – $9 – entries due by Friday 16th March

Science – $9 – entries due by Friday 6th April

Spelling – $18 – entries due by Friday 6th April

Writing – $19 – entries due by Friday 6th April

English – $9 – entries due by Friday 6th April

Mathematics – $9 – entries due by Friday 6th April

World Maths Day!

On Wednesday we had lots of fun taking part in the International World Maths Day competition.  The competition measured speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform over a 48 hour period and was open to all schools around the world. The best part was challenging each other – with several students very pleased at beating the teacher! Well done, OC! 

We also helped support UNICEF by earning points by answering questions correctly. These points are then into cash and donated to fund UNICEF supported schools in Zimbabwe, bringing education to children in need. What a great reason to be involved!


Super Statisticians!

Earlier this term Stage 3 students took part in the Statistical Society of Australia’s National Schools Poster Competition, which involved students devising a hypothesis, creating surveys, collecting data and analysing and presenting their findings. Today we received some exciting news – 2 of our teams were joint winners!

Congratulations to Chelsea, Blade, Mika, Edie, Ellen and Sam from the Waste Watchers. Congratulations also to Liana, Raquel and Eliza from Reading Right!

A massive thank you to the amazing Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez for introducing this project to us and for being a fabulous mentor!

Statistics & Data

This term students have worked hard on a major maths project for the Statistical Society of Australia’s National Schools Poster Competition. This project involved students working in teams to create an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical research question. Students began by brainstorming a topic of interest, then formulated a hypothesis to address. Some groups created surveys while others collected data or conducted tests. When the data collection was complete, students used Excel to analyse their data and report their findings. Well done everyone, it has been a tremendous amount of work and I’m very proud of your efforts! A special thank you to Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez from the University of Newcastle for being our mentor throughout the project. 

Chloe, Griffin, Dexter, Duncan, Noah G & Ty

Eleanor, Ember, Emma, Celeste & Amie

Oscar, Jules & Noah K

Grayson, Hamish, Fin, Will & Layla

Chelsea, Mika, Blade, Sam, Edie & Ellen

Liana, Raquel & Eliza



Maths Stars!

Well done to all of our Stage 3 students who took part in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics competition last term. Students received their results at yesterday’s assembly and they performed exceptionally well!

Merits (top 45%) – Dexter, Mika, Jules, Grayson, William, Ty, Chloe & Duncan

Distinctions (top 15%) – Raquel, Hamish, Edie, Noah G, Emma, Fin, Chelsea, Ellen, Eleanor, Liana, Sam & Blade

High Distinctions (top 100 – out of 9,146 year group participants) – Celeste (70th), Amie (97th), Layla (54th), Oscar (12th) & Noah K (5th).

A special mention also to Noah K, whose amazing achievement earned him a District Prize award. 

And the Oscar goes to…

Congratulations to Oscar, Noah G and Noah K who were announced as the winners of our Stage 3 CEP Film competition – Best Script and Storyboard.

Last term all Stage 3 had the opportunity to work in groups to produce a film script and storyboard for this year’s Digital Media Festival. Films had to contain a key and the line ‘how hard can it be?’ Our prizes included their very own THPS Oscar statuette, movie tickets and the opportunity to have their film screened at the CEP Festival later this term. Make sure you buy your tickets (on sale each morning before school) and come along to watch our amazing short film. The winning school on the night wins a drone! We will also be selling popcorn and slushies at our fundraising tent. 

Maths Stars!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Australian Maths Competition. There were hundreds of thousands of entrants across the country who participated in this challenging problem solving event. Well done!

Certificate of Proficiency: Sam, Eleanor, Chloe, Blade, Duncan, Ember, Oscar, Ty, Chelsea, Amie, Ellen, Fin, Edie, Grayson, Noah G, Dexter, Emma,

Credit: Celeste (top 38%), Raquel (top 40%)

Distinction: Layla (top 17%)

High Distinction & Best in School: Noah K (top 1%)

ICAS English & Maths

Welcome back for Term 4! What a great way to start, with lots of fantastic results in our ICAS English and Maths competitions. Well done, everyone!


Participation: Sam, Eleanor (top 48%), Chloe, Duncan, Ty, Amie, Ellen, Grayson,

Merits: Eliza (top 39%), Blade (top 43%)

Credits: Noah K (top 25%), Ember (top 12%), Oscar (top 16%), William (top 24%), Fin (top 15%),

Distinctions: Celeste (top 9%),  Chelsea (top 11%),  Jules (top 2%),  Mika (top 3%),  Noah G (top 8%),  Raquel (top 8%), Emma (top 8%)



Participation: Sam (top 50%), Eliza, Chloe, Blade, Ty, Fin, Edie, Grayson,

Merits: Chelsea (top 43%), Will (top 43%), Jules (top 37%), Noah G (top 43%), Emma (top 37%),

Credits: Eleanor (top 19%), Duncan (top 28%), Celeste (top 15%), Amie (top 31%), Ellen (top 14%), Dexter (top 26%),

Distinctions: Oscar (top 3%), Raquel (top 6%),

High Distinction & Principal’s Award: Noah K (top 1%)


Congratulations to Noah, Connor, Akira, Hunter and Corey who represented our school at the Interschool Chess Challenge State Finals on Thursday in Sydney. The boys played extremely well given the fierce competition and 5am start, placing 7th in NSW. A great achievement, we are all so proud of you! Thank you to all the parents for your support, chaperoning and time.