Capalaba State College students head to World Scholar's Cup in Athens

PACKING BAGS: Capalaba State College students Tej Stewart-Ramji, Ashleigh Walker and Kaitlin Fuller will take part in the World Scholar's Cup in Athens next month. Photo: Supplied
PACKING BAGS: Capalaba State College students Tej Stewart-Ramji, Ashleigh Walker and Kaitlin Fuller will take part in the World Scholar's Cup in Athens next month. Photo: Supplied

THREE Capalaba State College students are packing their bags to head for an experience of a lifetime in Athens.

Tej Stewart-Ramji, Ashleigh Walker and Kaitlin Fuller earned a spot in the global round of the World Scholar’s Cup.

Four of the school’s six teams qualified during the Brisbane round, with the school entering one team to go to Athens next month.

The World Scholar’s Cup holds a Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the United States in November.

Participants in all three global rounds have equal opportunities to earn invitations to the United States event.

Capalaba State College’s junior secondary head Kylie Barrett said the World Scholar’s Cup was founded in 2007 and brought together more than 20,000 students in 50 countries.

“The aim of the competition is to inspire in young people of all backgrounds a love of learning, a confidence in new skills and a sense of global citizenship,” she said.

Students took part in four events:

  • Team debate: Facing teams from other schools and countries, arguing motions related to the theme
  • Collaborative writing: Working as a team to argue positions related to the theme in writing
  • Scholar’s challenge: Taking a test, with opportunities to win individual medals and other prizes across multiple subjects
  • Scholar’s bowl: Racing the clock to answer questions using a special clicker

Ms Barrett said the students would be accompanied to Athens by college principal Bronwyn Johnstone and business manager Carlie Freeman.

“We are preparing them for the next round and they are extremely excited. This is the first time some of them have travelled overseas.”

Ms Barrett said the school had been running the scholar’s program for three years and the results had been outstanding.