Gundaroo Public School

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Academic opportunities

Gundaroo offers a wide range of academic opportunities for all students throughout the year, some of which includes:

Chess club

A group of keen chess players meet on Thursday lunchtime in Mrs Dunkerleys classroom to play friendly games of chess for 30 minutes against their peers. Once a year a group head off to compete against other schools where the ACT chess association rules come into play. There are opportunities to learn the game for those in years 2-6.

Premier's reading challenge

All students are encouraged to participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge.  A display of books for each age group is available for loan throughout the three month period. 

NSW Premier's Spelling Bee

The Premier's Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. The program includes activities to encourage all students to engage with spelling and to promote improved literacy in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus. Students in years 3-6 entered the Spelling Bee this year with four regional finalists going on to compete at Goulburn in September.

Tournament of minds

Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • Science Technology
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Language Literature

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

This year we have two enthusiastic teams entering Tournament of Minds.

Da Vinci Decathlon

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students.

Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, philosophy, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.

A team of 5-6 students represented our school at this event.