Friday, 30 August 2019
So what exactly is the World Scholar's Cup?
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.