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Student Success

Silver medal at programming competition for girls

Two of our students have gained silver medals at the recent Programming Challenge 4 Girls (PC4G) in Auckland.

Year 10 students Stephanie Weatherall and Lily Cook won a silver award at the competition, which required them to animate an adventure race using the programming language Alice. Twenty-one teams from 10 schools competed in the annual event.

PC4G is an initiative set up in 2009 by four women, including our Computer Science teacher Margot Phillipps, to allow girls to experience the fun of programming, and to engage them in the subject before they make their senior high school subject choices.

Ms Phillipps said: “The Programming Challenge 4 Girls was an initiative to try and show girls that programming is fun, it can be co-operative and it is within the girls’ capability. In the Western world there is a serious gender gap in the IT industry. Lots of reasons are postulated for this, but one thing is evident, decisions about capability are made during puberty. A number of girls have said that success in the challenge has changed their focus and resulted in them enrolling in Computer Science at university four years down the track.”

From 2017, our school will offer Computer Science into Year 11.