KCS Wins Academic All Stars Competition

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 11 November 2015

Kalamunda Christian School is proud to have hosted its first ever Academic All Stars Competition Day, with the home team taking out the ‘champion school’ position, closely followed by Swan Christian College in second, and Kalamunda Primary School finishing third.

On Friday November 6, gifted and talented students from six Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) Schools, as well as three local schools, travelled to Kalamunda Christian School to battle it out in this creative and academic competition day.

The Academic All Stars Day program, which partners with and supports Compassion Australia, altogether raised $2,473.40 was raised for the Compassion Alat Penulihan Child Survival Programme in Indonesia.

“The Academic All Stars competition is one that has stretched and challenged our students.

“In the program, students become so engaged, engrossed and focused on the tasks.  They really enjoy the challenge of the academic and creative tasks as well as using their gifts and talents to work together as part of a team”, said Mrs Pendal.

Tasks require time management and teamwork skills, and as well as being exciting, fun and challenging, a particular emphasis is placed on creativity and higher order thinking skills.

“A significant component of Academic All Stars is its partnership with Compassion, who amongst other things, seek to help reduce child mortality in developing countries,” said Michelle Cockrell, Principal of Kalamunda Christian School.

“Each team used their leadership, creativity and organisation skills to raise money for a Child Survival Centre run by Compassion, with the donation presented to a Compassion Australia representative on the day of the competition.

“This makes the tournament less about individuals and more about helping a greater cause, which is what we are ultimately here for,” said Mrs Cockrell.

Developed by Irene Daniels, the Academic All Stars Day program has been running for Year Five, Six and Seven students state-wide since 2009.

“As Head of Learning Enhancement K-12 at Lake Joondalup Baptist College, I noted that, whilst there was a similar type of competition for Senior School students, there was nothing of the kind for Primary School”, said Mrs Daniels.

Challenges included in the Academic All Stars Day Program include:

  • Brain Strain: geography, science, notable people, general knowledge, and the issues of Child Mortality and Compassion
  • Lateral Thinking: puzzles which require thinking outside of the box
  • Mathematical Mastery: problem solving and mathematical challenges
  • English Einsteins: word puzzles, spelling and Literature knowledge
  • Design & Construct: constructing a set creative challenge using given materials to exhibit engineering expertise
  • Art: the team  creates a piece of art in response to a creative challenge
  • Poetry: The team will compose a poem based on a given theme
  • Strategy Games: Connect 4, Guess Who and Mastermind
  • Drama: each team creates a one minute response to a creative dramatic challenge.

“I believe that gifted and talented students are the leaders of the future and it is essential to develop a spirit of empathy and philanthropy in them”, said Mrs Daniels.

“Students are encouraged to ‘think bigger than their own little world’ and use their strengths to make a difference in the world. 

“This world view is something that we strive to impart into the students in our school”, she said.

Schools that participated in the competition include Kalamunda Christian School, Ellenbrook Christian College, Swan Christian College, Southern Hills Christian College, Beechboro Christian School, Mundaring Christian College, Walliston Primary School, Gooseberry Hill Primary School, and Kalamunda Primary School.