Eleven fine Year 8 students attended a Geography Challenge Day on Thursday 31st, November. The annual event is organised by the Western Sydney Social Science Teachers Association and took place in the Memorial Hall at St Marys. The eleven students all volunteered to be involved in the Challenge Day because they have either demonstrated a passion for learning about Global and Australian Geography or are particularly skilled in Geographic trivia. The day involved table groups of students from more than 25 schools across NSW competing in 10 rounds of Global and Australian Geography trivia questions.
The students from RPCS were divided into two gendered table groups. The girls’ table consisted of Josephine, Jasmine, Deanna, Kiara, Rachel and Mikayla. The girls were in the running early on, being close to the top of the leader board after the first 4 rounds. Unfortunately their country of origin knowledge for flag carrier aircraft companies let them down and they fell to the middle of the pack.
The boys’ team achieved a remarkable result. They attained 2nd place, which is the highest ever placing by a RPCS team in this competition. Daniel, Jordan, Marcus, Siaosi and Jerome were equal first for the first 9 Rounds of the Competition. They were beaten by only 2 points in Round 10 by the team from Kiama High School. Their knowledge of national flags, country shapes, land features & Geographic things starting with the letter S was outstanding.
Congratulations to all students who took part.
Mr Forster & Mr Edmunds
Year 8 Geography Teachers