International Earth Science Olympiad stars


Winnie Yuan (Year 10) and Catriona Illingworth (Year 12) in their official team blazers for the

International Science Olympiad.  

Two of our Abbotsleigh girls will be heading to Japan for Friday 20 August to compete in the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiad alongside the world’s best science students.

Winnie Yuan (Year 10) and Catriona Illingworth (Year 12) are true academic superstars, qualifying to attend the national camp in Canberra through their strong performances on EES Olympiad exams in 2015. Just 17 students from more than 360 schools won a place to compete.

When in Japan, they will have a week of additional learning before the final examination up against the some of the smartest students in the world.

The girls learned the equivalent of first year University level Earth Science in a week. The teams were officially announced at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on 20 June 2016 when they received their official Australian team blazers from media personality and Sydney University Mathematics and Science Ambassador, Adam Spencer.

We’re extremely proud of Catriona and Winnie, the youngest student in the Australian team, both succeeding against 4,392 other students in the qualifying exams. Our students will be competing in the Earth Science Olympiads team alongside fellow Australian team members Jeffrey Brown (Year 12, Redlands), and Daniel Ho (Year 12, James Ruse Agricultural High School).

The Australian Science Olympiads program is run by non-profit Australian Science Innovations and supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program.


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