At West Melton we offer a range of additional academic opportunities. Talk to your child’s teacher for more information.
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students.
ICAS exams are organised by the University of New South Wales and while offered to NZ schools it is important to note that they are based on the Australian Curriculum. ICAS is done online, with only ICAS Writing for Years 4 & 5 on paper.
The assessments tests are: Digital Technologies, English, Maths, Science, Spelling t and Writing.
(Information directly from the ICAS Website)
Cantamath is a mathematics competition for students in Year 6 - 10 held in Christchurch each year. There are two sections; the Competition section and the Project section.
In the Team Competition section, each participating school sends in four selected student mathematicians per year level. The participants compete against other schools at Horncastle Arena. It's a speed competition and takes 30 minutes. There are 20 questions for each team to complete, the aim being for each team to answer all questions the fastest. One of the four team members is a runner who runs to a judge to check if the answer to their current question is right. Each question is worth 5 points, allowing a maximum score of 100. A team can only attempt one question at a time and have to keep working on it until they get it right. Passing is allowed, but no points will be received for that question, as well as preventing the team from returning to that question.
In the Project section, the student submits a project on a certain topic. Projects can be awarded with an Excellence or Highly Commended award, depending on their quality. There is also an Outstanding award for the best few projects in the display section.
Science and Technology Fair
Our Year 7 & 8 learners are able to prepare an entry for the Canterbury Science and Technology Fair. For more information click here.
Problem Challenge is a mathematics problem solving competition aimed primarily at learners in Year 7 & 8. Students participating in the competition attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets, which are done about a month apart starting in April.
Otago Problem Challenge
The DigiAwards competition enables primary and intermediate school aged learners throughout Canterbury to understand technology and celebrate digital creativity with whānau and the wider school community. By participating in the DigiAwards, learners gain digital leadership and communication skills that are essential for all 21st century citizens. For more information click here.
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Selwyn Rotary Quiz Competition
Each year the the Lincoln Rotary Club hosts a quiz evening for learners of the Selwyn district. Students compete in teams of two to answer a range of questions. There are four rounds with 10 questions in each round.