Our school incorporates various extra-curricular learning programs for our students.
Annandale North enters a debating competition against other local schools.
Debating provides an opportunity for students to work cooperatively in a team situation and utilise their leadership skills. The debating squad consists of two teams (negative and affirmative). Debates are held in terms 2 and 3.
Each year the school enters students from Kindergarten to Year 2 into range of speaking competitions.
Weekly afternoon chess lessons are conducted by the chess academy. These lessons are available for students of all ages.
Tournament of Minds
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program offered to students at Annandale North Public school from years 3-6. The program involves students building up their skills of time management, critical thinking, enterprise, team- work, creativity and performance. Throughout the program students are given a choice of open-ended challenges that fall under the following disciplines: The Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Language Literature and Social Sciences. More information about Tournament of Minds can be found by clicking on this sentence.
The Maths Games (Years 3 and 4) and Maths Olympiad (Years 5 and 6) programs are embedded into Annandale North’s Mathematics curriculum. The programs focus on developing creative and critical thinking in solving mathematical problems. Every year, students are tested in class and teams are selected to participate in the competition whilst other students work on creative problem solving in their maths groups. More information about The Maths Games and Maths Olympiad can be found by clicking on this sentence.
School Lego League
Our school is proud of our involvement in the First Lego League. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. What First Lego League teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
First Lego League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:
Teams design, build and program a Lego robot to complete a series of challenges. A number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation and clever design.
Every year, teams study the year’s theme and develop solutions to problems they’ve identified in society. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world.
Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the First Lego League core values, including teamwork, cooperation, and gracious professionalism. Through this celebration of good qualities, First Lego League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.