St Philomena's students excel in 2018 Australian Geography Competition

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Year eight students Olivia Mihill and Hannah Bowerman received high distinctions in the Australian Geography Competition.

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Year eight students Olivia Mihill and Hannah Bowerman received high distinctions in the Australian Geography Competition.

Geography students from St Philomenas School tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2018 Australian Geography Competition.

The school has recently received the results and is extremely pleased with how its students had performed.

“We have a number of student geographers at our school who performed to a very high level in the competition this year with Olivia Mihill, year 8 in the top five per cent in her year level across Australia, gaining a high distinction, along with Hannah Bowerman, and six credits,” teacher Deanne Battistuzzi said.

“Over 72,000 students from 780 schools across Australia entered the Australian Geography Competition so the results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of geography.”

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Bernard Fitzpatrick, the competition’s national coordinator, said the the competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.

“Geography is an important subject which develops a student’s understanding of the spatial interrelationships between people and place,” he said. 

“It helps students appreciate the complex nature of local, regional and global social, economic, and environmental interactions.”

A total of 18 students from years 7 to 10 participated in the competition from St Philomena’s. These included Chelsea Bourke (year seven), Bella Nash (year seven), Ryan Devney (year eight), Jacinta Davis (year eight), Olivia Mihill (year eight), Annabelle Abrahamsen (year eight), Lilly Chimfombo (year eight), Hannah Bowerman (year eight), Cortney Brazel (year eight), Alexander Macey (year eight), Chloe Brazel (year nine), Demi Thorburn (year nine), Nathaniel Yeatman (year nine), Brennan Cumberland (year 10), Oscar Davis (year 10), Chloe Makim (year 10), Blake McMillian (year 10), and Jack Montgomery (year 10).

The competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.