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The Australian Informatics Olympiad is a national computer programming competition held annually where students invent algorithms and write short computer programs to solve six problems varying in difficulty. The competition does not test computer literacy or knowledge but is focused on problem solving through programming skills. The AIO challenges students with their mathematical and computational problem-solving skills, as well as identifying programming talent and opening doors to deeper engagement with problems in computer science.

Four students in the Senior School competed in the three-hour online competition in Week 6 of Term 3. Students who have been involved in the lunchtime informatics program, run by Old Collegians Angus Ritossa and Eric Zhou, through the Maths@Saints society, were invited to participate in either the Intermediate (Years 7 to 10) or Senior (Years 11 to 12) divisions.

The following students performed exceptionally in the AIO in Term 3, achieving medals in their respective divisions:

  • Edward Gross (Year 8) – Bronze
  • Xander Grice (Year 11) – Silver
  • Nicholas Koh (Year 11) – Silver
  • Xian Huang (Year 12) – Bronze

Louise Firth
Coordinator of Maths@Saints