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Maths Olympiad

Tara Junior School believes in the importance of educating girls to see the beauty, relevance and challenge of mathematics. One of the opportunities we offer to Stage 3 (Years 5-6) girls is the annual Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO). The annual APSMO Olympiads consist of five separate contests, one per month from May to September. This opportunity is a unique and enriching learning experience. Girls who sign up attend APSMO sessions where they work closely with a teacher mentor to enhance their mathematical skill, confidence and dexterity. The Olympiads introduces the girls to important mathematical concepts, teaches major strategies and develops flexibility for problem solving, fosters creativity and ingenuity and strengthens intuition, stimulates enthusiasm and enjoyment for mathematics, and provides for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges.

Tara’s students regularly place in the top 10 per cent of all students engaging in the Olympiads.

Write a book in a day

Write A Book In A Day is an annual Australia-wide competition that supports the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation. In 2014, over $100 000 was raised in Australia to  support The Kids’ Cancer Project to fund research to help find a cure to end childhood cancer. This is service learning in action: the girls form teams with their peers at The King’s Prep and engage in writing workshops which aim to develop their skills in collaboration, verbal communication, planning, writing, editing, illustrating and publishing. These learning sequences culminate in a marathon writing day where on the morning of the competition, the Write a book in a day organisers issue the surprise elements of plot, character, setting, and a selection of vocabulary that needs to be included. In addition to this as an enriching learning experience, the Tara/King’s teams have enjoyed great success with our significant combined fundraising total.

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