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Towards the end of July, when almost the entire country, including the SA was in lockdown, the Australian Science Olympiad competitions went ahead. From our Year 10 and 11 cohorts, 15 boys participated in these prestige Olympiads. Certificates are awarded on the following basis:

  • High Distinction is awarded to the top 10% of the participants.
  • Distinction is awarded to the next 20% of the participants.
  • Credit is awarded to the next 30% of the cohort.

It is my great pleasure to share with you the results of the 2021 Australian Science Olympiads:

High Distinction:

  • In Physics: Darren Nguyen (Year 10), Gunin Singhal (Year 10), Xander Grice (Year 11) and Nick Koh (Year 11)
  • In Chemistry: Xander Grice (Year 11). Xander has accepted an offer to the Australian Science Olympiads Chemistry Camp in January.


  • In Physics: Max Wang (Year 10)
  • In Chemistry: Nick Koh (Year 11)


  • In Physics: Oscar Chen (Year 11), Lysander Tonkin (Year 11), Karan Sethi (Year 11), Ian Irwin (Year 10)

National Titration Competition

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Titration Competition is designed to encourage secondary students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their scientific skills and understanding. This year, Year 12 students Sachin Ravindran, Thomas Byun, and Rushan Khurram were invited to compete at the national level, conducting a 3-hour experiment at UniSA, and were awarded silver.

International Chemistry Quiz

The International Chemistry Quiz provides students the opportunity to test their understanding of chemistry in an exciting and stimulating way. It promotes critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. Students understand that what they learn at school can be applied outside regular school lessons, even in an international framework.

In Year 12, two students received a High Distinction EXCELLENCE award; Xian Huang (Year 12) missed out on 100% by only 1 mark, meaning he is in the very top national percentile. Tom Hosking (Year 12) is in the top 1% of students in the state and the top 2% of students in Australia.

Darren Nguyen (Year 10) achieved 100% for his Yr 10 paper – he is only one of two students in South Australia to do this.

The following students achieved High Distinctions 

 Year 10

  • Gunin Singhal

 Year 11

  • Will Begg
  • Christian Bizot
  • Alexander Grice
  • Daniel Jesudason
  • Nicholas Koh
  • Matthew Lam
  • Adam Li
  • Will McConnel
  • Derek Yang

 Year 12

  • Thomas Byun
  • Anthony Pham
  • Sachin Ravindran
  • Tsz Ngong You
  • Jarvis Zhao

Congratulations to all these students who participated in these competitions. I would also like to congratulate Mr Karl Grice and his team in the Science Faculty for their effort in supporting and encouraging these boys to participate in these highly respected competitions.

Nick Carter
Academic Deputy