Global Geographical Triumphs: CGS Shines Bright in 2023!

Australian Geography competition

Throughout 2023, students at Canberra Grammar School continued to shine brightly on the geographical stage, showcasing their unwavering commitment to excellence. Once again, CGS secured the top spot in the Australian Geography competition across the ACT and Northern Territory, marking an incredible 24 years of consecutive success.

Global Geographical Triumphs: CGS Shines Bright in 2023!

Among the many achievements, 110 students stood out with High Distinction results, placing them in the top 1% nationwide. Their dedication and intellectual prowess are truly commendable.

Notable individuals like Nicholas and Isla represented the Combined Territories at the prestigious Big Week Out in Darwin. Isla’s exceptional performance earned her the honour of representing Australia at the 2024 iGeo in Dublin, Ireland.

Nicholas and Isla represented the Combined Territories at the prestigious Big Week Out in Darwin

One standout student, Thomas Lin, has consistently excelled in geography throughout his senior years. His impressive track record includes securing First Place in the Territories in Years 8, 10, and 11, culminating in earning School Colours in Year 12. Thomas also led the Australian Geography team to remarkable success at the 2023 IGeo Olympiad in Bandung, Indonesia.

Thomas Lin

At the international stage, Thomas and his teammates represented Australia with distinction. Thomas’s outstanding performance earned him a Gold medal and an impressive 4th Place out of 177 students. His accomplishments are a testament to his hard work and dedication and are a source of great pride for the entire Canberra Grammar School community.

Reflecting on his experience at the 19th International Geography Olympiad in Bandung, Indonesia, Thomas shared, “Representing Australia was an incredible journey. From immersing myself in Indonesia’s rich culture to facing rigorous academic challenges, every moment was enriching. The fieldwork test, lasting a full day, was particularly demanding but equally rewarding. Beyond academics, forming connections with students from diverse cultures was truly invaluable. The Olympiad was an unforgettable experience, and I’m grateful for the friendships forged.”

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CGS celebrates not only the achievements in geography but also the invaluable experiences and friendships gained through these remarkable endeavours. Here’s to another year of excellence and growth in the field of geography at CGS!

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