Friday, 30 August 2019
Founded by Daniel Berdichevsky, the first World Scholar’s Cup took place in Korea in 2007: a small regional tournament hosted at the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies. The first “global” round followed a few weeks later, bringing together students from Korea, Singapore, and the United States.
The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as for the team that came in first, an enrichment opportunity that motivated students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones. The organising team behind the WSC also makes a point of injecting whimsy and fun into every aspect of the competition.
Each competition round comprises of four team events:
• Scholar’s Bowl
• Collaborative Writing
• Scholar’s Challenge
• Team Debate
There were six Global Rounds this year, with Sydney hosting the fourth round with the theme “World on the Margins” 2119 students came together from over 30 countries to compete for the right to participate in the Tournament of Champions held at Yale University in November. Inaburra fielded five Junior teams, four Senior teams and one solo competitor.
While the academic results are wonderful, our students were also challenged with meeting and socialising with students from different countries, backgrounds and beliefs, as well as presenting their talent in front of 500-1000 students and their coaches. The students learned to be good ambassadors for their school and their country. Katherine Khoury had the great privilege of bearing the flag for Australia in the Closing Ceremony. It has been a wonderful experience for all the students involved.
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Saturday Week 5 was a special one with 15 awesome Inaburra students running in The Domain for team Run4Wesley with Mr Wadds!! These guys gave up their Sunday to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. So proud of every single one of them (and Harry and Kaitlyn not photographed here) for such a selfless act.
- Mr Toldhurst
- Mr Toldhurst
Our Year 10 Geography students participated in a fieldwork excursion on the largest stand of mangroves on the Parramatta River to assess the pressures of a highly urbanised wetland ecosystem at Sydney Olympic Park. The experience was hands-on and utilised a range of geographic skills, fieldwork techniques and spatial technologies (a GIS system) to assist students to understand environmental processes and interconnections in a coastal wetland ecosystem.
- Miss Southwell
- Miss Southwell
Every year six boys and six girls serve as Prefects in the Inaburra School community. Following a process of leadership training, students in Year 11 2019 were invited to nominate for the role. Those students who took the risk of applying delivered a speech to the Year 10 and Year 11 students, who subsequently voted for their prospective leaders. School staff also voted, based on their knowledge of the students over time. Congratulations to the following students who have just been announced as the Inaburra School Prefects for 2020 (in alphabetical order):
Year 9 Food Technology students have been investigating various illnesses and their dietary causes. Part of their task was to research and cook a recipe that helps to prevent these illnesses. Each student was given a specific disease for researching. This hard work has now been compiled into their first recipe book entitled “Recipes for Life”.
Year 9 had their first lesson in Shakespeare in Week 1, conducted by none other than the magnificent Bell Shakespeare Company. Bell Shakespeare’s touring ensemble, 'The Players', performed a lively exploration, interrogation and celebration of language and words, told with power and humour by Shakespeare’s characters, the actors decoding and demystifying words on the page, on the stage! We also welcomed a special visitor to watch the performance, Member for Heathcote, Mr Lee Evans MP. All agreed it was an entertaining and informative journey across the Shakespearean canon.
Over 100 music students represented Inaburra on the weekend at the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music. The first comment by the adjudicator was “Good things are happening at Inaburra!” The students performed skillfully and with musical sensitivity. Our Intermediate Concert Band achieved a Silver Award in their event and our Senior Concert Band brought home a Gold Award in their event. Well done Inaburra!