BCGS in with a big chance

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Aleisha Thivy, Jack Adams and Kathleen Ryan are all ready to fly the flag for BCGS.
Camera IconAleisha Thivy, Jack Adams and Kathleen Ryan are all ready to fly the flag for BCGS. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is in the box seat to win the national final of the Science and Engineering Challenge on Friday at the South West Sports Centre.

The school was the highest scoring in all of WA at the end of the regional competitions held earlier in the year, 66 points clear of Mandurah Baptist College in second.

Designed for Year 9 and Year 10 students, only the top eight schools from around the country were invited to take part in the competition with the challenges set to involve every aspect of STEM studies.

According to BCGS competitor Jack Adams, the competition will be group-based and rely heavily on teamwork.

“We’re split into groups and then we get points based on how well we actually do the challenges,” he said.

This will be the first time the event has been held in WA with the venue set to deliver a home ground advantage according to Jack’s teammates.

“We won the regionals at the SWSC so hopefully we’ll be able to feel the vibes from last time and win again,” Aleisha Thivy said.

“I fell pretty good about our chances.”

While Friday will be a first for WA, this year will be the 20th edition of the event after it was created by the University of Newcastle.

“The Science and Engineering Challenge National Final 2019 represents the culmination of one of the largest and most successful annual STEM engagement programs across Australia,” senior team leader Peter Fullagar said.

According to BCGS science teacher Sharon Millington, the event is a big moment for the school and the region.

“There are teams from every State coming to win,” she said.

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