Jordan Rogers

Year 11 Girton Grammar School student Jordan Rogers has been selected to attend the elite Australian Science Olympiad Summer School held at the Australian National University in January.

Headmaster Matthew Maruff said Jordan had achieved an outstanding result in the competitive qualifying exam in August, in which over 6000 students from 321 schools took part.

“Jordan will attend school and focus on earth and environmental science,” Mr Maruff said.

“He is one of only 94 students selected to take part in this intensive residential programme and he will be aiming to secure a spot representing Australia at the 2019 International Science Olympiads.

“Previous Girton students have competed in the International Science Olympiads and received Silver medals. A science culture is well established in the school, partly thanks to programmes such as this one.”

During six days of intensive study, students learn the equivalent of a first-year university course in biology, chemistry, Earth and environmental science or physics.

This programme provides an opportunity for students to live on a university campus and have access to lecturers, tutors, laboratories and support staff to help hone theoretical and practical science skills.

“The university setting and access to experts in the field will also help Jordan to make decisions about a possible career in science,” Mr Maruff said.

“Science underpins everything we do and is driving new industries and economies.

Schools have an important role to play in giving students the opportunity to grasp technical concepts, grow curiosity and to test claims with scientific evidence.”