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National Science Week – Winners at Waverley College Announced!

Read more: Discover Education Perfect Science Championships winners, see competition-winning experiments by Waverley Scientists of Science Week.

National Science Week at Waverley College was a little different this year, however, that did not stop our budding scientists from experimenting at home. The theme for 2021 was Food: Different by Design. Students learnt about the creative innovations which have been developed to solve complex issues relating to sustainability and the effects of climate change on the agricultural industry.

To explore this concept, students entered a virtual escape room which required them to reflect on the impact of extreme weather conditions on rice crops and the role genetically-modified crops play in alleviating hunger in a large portion of the world’s population. Students problem solved in groups to crack codes and save the virtual lab from flooding! 

Education Perfect Science Championships Winners

Students got curious about science which excites them in the Education Perfect Science Championships. Waverley College students answered 20,281 questions on a vast range of scientific concepts during the competition!

Special mention goes to the following students for achieving an Education Perfect Science Championship Award:

  • Bronze Award — Thomas Cannon (Year 6) of Lacey House — 1,005 points
  • Credit Award — Max Sheehy (Year 8) of Quinn House — 565 points

*Max has won 70 points for Quinn House and Thomas has won 80 points for Lacey House! Well done boys!

Waverley Scientists of Science Week Competition

We also had a very large response to the Waverley Scientists of Science Week Competition! There were many fantastic entries from both Junior and Senior School students, some of which will be showcased on the Waverley College Instagram page.

It was an incredibly hard competition to judge. We would like to acknowledge the efforts all students put into undertaking their experiments at home. We hope you had fun!

Congratulations to the following students who have been deemed Waverley Scientists of Science Week! 

Junior School

  • Winner: Jasper Lumsden (Year 5) — Combustion of steel wool and a carbon dioxide-powered boat!
  • Runner up: Nicholas Patakas (Year 5) — Designed a very successful bottle rocket!

Senior School

  • Winner: Dante Fearn (Year 7) — Created an Acoustic Levitator!
  • Runners up: Declan McAuliffe (Year 9) — Designed an experiment to discuss light as a wave and a particle and James Barber (Year 7) who created an experiment to model the fire triangle!

These boys will receive a gift card to purchase science equipment, a science book or an artifact to add to a science collection they may have at home.

Well done to all students who participated. Stay curious!


Watch the experiment created by Junior School winner Jasper Lumsden:

Watch the experiment created by Senior School winner Dante Fearn:



Ms Gemma Brown

Assistant Head of Science