YEAR 9 and 10 students at James Sheahan Catholic High School never thought they would be responsible for testing the academic prowess of a hall full of year 6,7 and 8 students.
But they were.
James Sheahan held its annual Academic Olympics on Wednesday.
The event is styled on an Olympic decathlon, but, instead of activities of an athletic nature, the challenges test lateral and creative thinking.
It is hosted, created and judged by year 9 and 10 extension classes.
Harriet O’Malley, Isabella Hewitt, Caitlin Beatty and Jacob Wright nervously waited for a group of junior students to finish the challenge set for them.
The problem was, the students had no idea if the engineering challenge they had come up with would work.
“It took a while to get all the ideas finalised,” Isabella said.
They had no time to run a proper test to see if it was possible to create a safe way for an egg to roll down a ramp using only paddle pop sticks, sticky tape and balls of cotton wool.
There were several casualties but some eggs did manage to survive the fall.
Twenty-two teams from schools across the central west entered events such as code breaking, art and poetry, strategy, forensics, engineering, maths, drama, English, general knowledge and music.
Administrator Lynelle Maguire said the event was unique to Orange and was in its sixth year.
“It gives an opportunity for children who are gifted and talented to be with like-minded students,” she said.
Year 9 student Angus Wickham hoped his mathematics challenge was hard enough the students would not solve the problem within a couple of minutes.
That would be embarrassing.
“I’m, pretty confident it should go well,” he said.
“It’s a pretty good day, it’s different to a normal day of school.”