ICAS Competition

Children from Year Three to Six are able to nominate to sit the International Competitions and Assessment for Schools run by the Educational Testing Centre at the University of New South Wales. Partcipation is entirely voluntary and at parents' expense. These competitions are open to all students who would like the added challenge and ffedback provided by the ICAS papers.


Rostrum Public Speaking Competition

All children in Years Five and Six prepare entries for the RostrumPublic Speaking Competition. The best eight speakers at St Matthew's are then selected to participate in the school final which is held at night in the school library.

Representatives from Rostrum are invited to adjudicate and the winner of the school final then participates in the finals against other schools.

The Dorothea Mackellar National Poetry Competition

The Dorothea Mackellar National Poetry Competition invites entry from people of all ages within Australia and overseas. Each year the governing body set a theme for the poetry and this can be interpreted by the aspiring authors. All classes at St Matthews are involved in a study of poetry around the time entries for this competition are due. Children submit their entry to the class teacher and with consultation the best six are selected. These are then judged by a panel of experts within the school and the best twenty poems across the school are published and sent off as our school entry in the competition.