17 August 2023

Competitive successes in Languages and Science

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Competitive successes in Languages and Science
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Science Olympians

Recently, nine of our Middle School students took part in the Junior Science Olympiad. This competition is open to any students in the Middle School who wish to challenge themselves and to stretch their understanding of science. The Olympiads deliver challenging extension science programs for Australian high school students that aim to broaden horizons, identify capabilities and build Australia’s scientific community.

Students who do particularly well in the Olympiad competition have the opportunity to be involved in further experiences, such as a science camp at ANU and the opportunity to compete in international competitions in later years.

Our students did wonderfully. Special mention must go to Chloe Ma, whose result placed her among the top 50 students in Year 7 in Australia! Chloe Tam and Kaixin Li also received Distinctions, an extraordinary result.

Bella Liang, Cassie Yap, Hazel Howe and Sam Richardson all received Credits, again, very strong results from these young science students!

Over the coming year there will be an increasing number of opportunities for students to follow their interests and passion in science in competitions such as the Olympiads but also longer, collaborative challenges where they will have the opportunity to work with scientist or industry mentors, such as through the Serpell Science Communication competition. This competition is open to all Middle School students and the winner will be awarded with a cash prize of $250. Professor Jonathan Serpell AM, a Carey alum and current Director of General Surgery at The Alfred Hospital, has kindly donated the prize to encourage students to develop their skills and interest in the area of science communication.

Interested students will need to submit an application to me by email by September 1 with their name, year level and general topic area. Students will be required to attend an initial brief information session during lunchtime on 29 August.

I encourage any student who has an interest in science and who is a creative problem solver to take the opportunity to be a part of these exiting offerings.

Krista Bayliss
Leader of Learning – Science

Pemenang-Pemenang Sayembara Lisan Bahasa Indonesia

Sayembara Lisan is a VILTA (Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association) Indonesian Speaking Competition. This year the competition has the largest number of students participating. There were 44 schools from Metropolitan and Regional areas, with the total number of 818 students participating during the first rounds in May and June, and 442 finalists participating in the finals in July (36 students at each level from Prep to Year 11).

VILTA, in conjunction with the Consul General of Indonesia’s representative of Social and Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr Geovannie Palembang, and Melbourne High Principal, Dr Anthony Mordini, held a presentation evening at Melbourne High on Friday 11 August 2023 to celebrate the successes of students across Victoria, including several Carey students.


Congratulations to the Carey students involved, there were some amazing results and your hard work has been rewarded. You were prepared with your questions, presentations, and unseen questions you were not expecting. Well done to Joshua (Year 7) who placed first in his level, Caitlin (Year 8) and Eliza (Year 11) who placed third in their respective levels, and Hamish (Year 8) who was Highly Commended by the judges.

We would like to say a big thank you to the staff and parents who have supported their children in taking part in the competition and getting them there, but most importantly to all the students who have courageously participated and have done all the hard work leading to their involvement.

Ermin La Rooy
Leader of Learning – Languages


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