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World Scholar's Cup 2019

Friday 26 Apr 2019 by Mrs Leisha Bradshaw

World Scholar’s Cup is an international competition that seeks to motivate students to discover new strengths and practice new skills and to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.  They do this through a series of challenges and competitions over two days. This year’s theme is A World on the Margins, and students are required to study an extensive curriculum under the headings of History, Social Studies, Science, Arts & Music, Literature and a Special Area (unsolved mysteries).  Some of the diverse topics that students looked at this year included the Gatsby Index, why batteries explode and defensive architecture. Redlands College had three teams compete at the Brisbane regional round in the first week of the holidays, and all three teams competed so well that they have qualified to go on to the global round.  They can choose to attend a global round in Sydney, The Hague, Alstana, Beijing, Manila or Durban.

Over the two days students competed against other schools in four competitions.  Particular congratulations go to Delicia Walker who was invited to be a part of the Debate Showcase.  

Scholars Cu lads

Team Debate

Each team debates three times, on motions across all the subjects, from policy to poetry. Debate is the chance to apply all that has been learned to make the most persuasive case. Each person speaks up to 4 minutes. But there’s only 15 minutes to prepare the argument.  And, win or not, after each debate, each student gives the other team feedback on how to improve.

Team Debate Awards
Junior

Silver medal: team 230 (Isla, Delicia, Florence)
Senior
Silver medal: team 268 (Daniel, Noah, Rhett)

Debate Champions
Junior

Silver medal: Isla, Florence
Gold medal: Delicia
Senior
Silver medal: Noah, Daniel, Rhett

 

Delicia Debtaes

 Alpaca BalanceScholar's Bowl

Every team with a clicker. Every question harder than the one before. The team works together to solve analytic questions and multimedia challenges and click their answers before time runs out.

Team Bowl Awards
Junior

Silver medal: team 230 (Isla, Delicia, Florence)
Senior
Silver medal: team 268 (Daniel, Noah, Rhett)

Collaborative Writing

There are six prompts, from each of the six subject areas, ranging from creative scenarios to explore to persuasive arguments to make. The team needs to write on three of the six topics, and each member needs to answer a different prompt. The team has time to prepare together, then each person works individually to write the most compelling piece possible, then one last chance to review one another's work at the end. 


Team Writing Awards
Junior

Gold medal: team 230 (Isla, Delicia, Florence)

Writing Champions
Junior

Silver medal: Isla, Florence
Gold medal: Delicia

Scholar's Challenge

The Challenge looks like any other multiple choice test, but scholars can mark more than one answer per question. The fewer marked, the more points that can be earnt if you’re right.  Apply your knowledge of the six subjects successfully and you can win medals in one, two, or all of them.

Challenge Subject Winners
Timothy silver (art)
Isla silver (arts)
Florence silver (literature)
Tegwen silver (literature & history) and gold (special area)
Delicia silver (special area, literature, history, art)


DaVinci Award
Junior

Victoria McGhee

Champion Scholars
Junior

Gold medal: Delicia