Top Science Student Goes to Canberra

in Senior School News

Year 11 student, Jordan Rogers, has been selected to attend the elite Australian Science Olympiad Summer School held at the Australian National University (ANU) in January 2019.

Mr Matthew Maruff, said that Jordan had achieved an outstanding result in the competitive qualifying exam in August, in which over 6,000 students from 321 schools took part.

“Jordan will attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School and focus on Earth and Environmental Science.

“He is one of only 94 students selected to take part in this intensive residential programme and he will be aiming to secure a spot representing Australia at the 2019 International Science Olympiads.

“Previous Girton students have competed in the International Science Olympiads and received Silver medals. A science culture is well established in the school, partly thanks to programmes such as this one,” Mr Maruff said.

During six days of intensive study, students learn the equivalent of a first-year university course in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics. This programme provides a great opportunity for students to live on a University campus and have access to lecturers, tutors, laboratories and support staff to help hone theoretical and practical science skills.

“Jordan will thrive on being amongst like-minded students for whom science is a passion and the Summer School will allow him to extend himself.

“The University setting and access to experts in the field will also help Jordan to make decisions about a possible career in science.

“Science underpins everything that we do and is driving new industries and economies. Schools have an important role to play in giving students the opportunity to grasp technical concepts, grow curiosity and to test claims with scientific evidence,” Mr Maruff said.