Jacob O'Connell, Finn Clark and Will Hodgson. Proud Cantab boys competing in a worldwide academic competition. 

World Scholar’s Cup


When the Malvern News welcomed a group of Kirwee Model School pupils to their office to view the newspaper’s production a few years ago, it was commented on at the time, how knowledgeable and interested the students were. So it was no real surprise to find that one of them (Finn Clark) was recently named in the St Thomas of Canterbury silver medal winning team at the World Scholar’s Cup (WSC).

The  Christchurch round (one of three in New Zealand) was held at St Andrew’s College on July 1st and 2nd. Invited schools from around the region entered their top academic students in teams of three for the two day event which involved debating, collaborative writing, the Scholar’s Challenge (an intense general knowledge exam), a team multi choice test and a talent showcase.

Teams acquire points for each challenge before WSC collate these. The highest achieving scholars go to the next round which is held in Melbourne and from there the highest achievers go on to Barcelona.

Finn competed with fellow classmates from St Thomas of Canterbury College – they are all members of the School’s ‘Alpha’ group (an advanced learners programme for gifted and talented students).

The WSC 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 the 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.