(Back row L-R ) Louis D’Aloisio, Quinn Kelliher, 
George Bassett-Smith.
(Front row L-R) Memphis Vaszilyko, Diego Lavin, Alex McCorkindale, Jackson Bunting, Sam Jackson and Jackson Austin.

Boys Attend Scholar’s Cup


Local West Melton boys George Bassett-Smith, Quinn Kelliher, Jackson Bunting and Jackson Austin are recently returned from Melbourne having competed in the World Scholar’s Cup. The boys are all pupils at St Thomas of Canterbury College and attended the event, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from August, 17th – 21st. Nine students qualified out of the twenty two from St Thomas’s  that competed in the local round held at St Andrew’s College in early July. Preparation for Melbourne began as soon as the local round was complete. In Melbourne the students took part in debating, scholar’s bowl, scholar’s challenge, collaborative writing and social events sharing cultural experiences.

“The boys all did extremely well and had a great time,” said Blair Scadden, the St Thomas’s teacher in charge of the event. “It was the first time we have attended any Scholar’s Cup events and we will look to build on this in years to come.”

The World Scholar’s Cup was founded by Daniel Berdichevsky and the first World Scholar’s Cup took place in Korea in 2007. The first ‘global’ round followed a few weeks later, bringing together students from Korea, Singapore, and the United states.

The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as for the team that came in first, an enrichment opportunity that motivated students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths, but to discover new ones. From that small beginning – a ‘world finals’ more aptly described as a ‘world starts’ – the World Scholar’s Cup has grown to reach tens of thousands of students in dozens of countries.