STUDENTS at local schools – PLC Sydney in Croydon and Meriden School in Strathfield – have excelled in two vastly different fields of endeavour: mathematics and snow skiing.
A total of 56 students at Meriden School have performed with distinction in a state-wide mathematics competition, while a team of 16 students from PLC Sydney has won the 2010 Subaru Australian Interschools SnowSports Championships.
The elite snow sports students from PLC Sydney beat competitors from 165 schools in the Australian Interschools SnowSports championships held at Jindabyne in September.
As part of the PLC Sydney’s winter school program, elite snow sports students train daily on the snow, completing the rest of their school curriculum from their base in the snowfields.
Year 9 student Genevieve Martin, placed third overall at the championships, says that the program has been a huge boost to her prowess on the snow.
“Being at the snow with the winter school has enabled me to train more and therefore improve my performance,” she says. “The great thing is that my classwork has improved at the same time and we are able to easily contact our teachers.”
Meanwhile, students at Meriden School have performed with distinction in a state-wide mathematics competition. A total of 56 students from the school were awarded distinctions for their work – three of whom gained high scores.
Year 7 students Jennifer Luo and Steffi Wu and Year 8 student Jewel Qi won top prizes in the Australian Mathematics Competition.
The three girls have now been invited to take part in the NSW Enrichment Program which is run by the University of Sydney.
Both Luo and Wu said they thoroughly enjoyed their experience with the Australian Mathematics Competition.
“It’s challenging and sometimes there are questions that no one can answer, so it shows that no one is perfect and you have to learn from your mistakes,” says Luo.
The school is so proud of their achievements that it has put an announcement on the bulletin board outside the school.