It’s Gold and Silver for Zoe in International Science Olympiads

IMG_7844Redlands School Captain Zoe Thompson became the first Australian girl to compete in two consecutive International Science Olympiads in different subjects, and be awarded medals in both competitions.

Competing against 253 students from 69 countries at the International Biology Olympiad in Hanoi Vietnam, Zoe was awarded a Silver Olympiad medal.

Last year she was both the only girl and the only Australian to win a Gold medal in the International Earth Science Olympiad at Pocos de Caldas, Brazil.

“Redlands is an incredibly proud of Zoe’s achievement, and she has proved herself as a dedicated, hardworking and passionate student,” said Redlands Principal, Dr Peter Lennox.

“Following a week of challenging theoretical and practical exams, Zoe’s Silver medal must surely make her one of a very few select students to have won medals in two divisions of this prestigious international competition.

With one International Science Olympiad down, there is still one to go as Redlands co-School Captain Jeffrey Brown takes his turns on the global Science stage as a member of the four-person Earth Science team in the 10th International Earth Science Olympiad in Mie, Japan. 

“Jeffrey no doubt will also face tough competition in Japan, as he tackles the Earth Science competition, and we wish him all the very best.

“Participation in an event such as the International Science Olympiads extends a student’s learning experience, and for Zoe and Jeffrey, this is surely an opportunity and experience they will never forget.  

“From the earliest years of school until Year 12, Redlands offers students the chance to extend themselves beyond the standard academic program, to experiment with new and more challenging ideas.

“This can be through events such as the Olympiad, cross-disciplinary challenges like Tournament of Minds and Da Vinci competitions, or through tertiary programs such as Women in Engineering.”