Geelong College Challenge

Go like Rockets at the 2018 Geelong College Challenge!

A fun day of challenges for teams of four Year 5 or 6 students.

When: Tuesday, 29 May from 8.30am – 3.30pm.

Where: The Geelong College Middle School - 399 Aberdeen St, Newtown

Who: a school based team of four Year 6 students (ideally 2 boys and 2 girls)  and an accompanying teacher

Meals: Morning tea and lunch will be provided

How much: Free!

About the Challenge

The Geelong College Challenge is a school based event that brings a group of four Year 6 students together to work collaboratively on a variety of challenging problem solving tasks across a range of curriculum disciplines. The group-based problems give the students a chance to be active listeners, proactive in contributing their own thoughts and ideas, and provide constructive feedback for other group members. They will be challenged to be open to the ideas of others; be willing to try something outside of their comfort zone and to refine and strategise their thinking. This type of group work encourages students to stand up for their own opinions, listen with empathy, be organised, to manage time effectively, to improve their communication skills and to lead….and to have some fun too!

The Challenge started 25 years ago with the aim of engaging students from Primary Schools in the region. Over the years students have been involved in activies as varied as bridge building, musical performance and biathlon; they have used technology, a range of IT and science equipment, and enjoyed using a wide range of facilities.

Visiting schools compete for the Challenge Cup by scoring points across six challenges, with placegetters in each challenge recognised.

Each school enters a team of two boys and two girls from Year 6 (as well as a boy and girl reserve). Teams must be accompanied by a teacher - the team leader. Parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to come along and watch.

How to enter: Register here using our online form and we will send through a Challenge pack with information and medical forms prior to the Challenge. There are limited spaces available, so register now! entries close on Friday 5 May, don't miss out.


 How much does it cost?
The Geelong College Challenge is free!
 What else is provided?
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for teams and team leaders
 What do we need to bring?
Sports clothes and runners
 How can we prepare?
Practise problem-solving situations and working as a team
 Are Geelong College students at school?
Yes, it's a normal school day for Geelong College. Some students will be assisting with the Challenge.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact the Deputy Head of Middle School, Mr Michael Panckridge at

The Geelong College Challenge Hall of Fame

1994  Grovedale Primary School
1995 Bellaire Primary School
1996 Manifold Heights Primary School
1997 Grovedale Primary School
1998 Bellaire Primary School
1999 South Geelong Primary School
2000 South Geelong Primary School
2001 Fyans Park Primary School
2002 Montpellier Primary School
2003 Montpellier Primary School
2004 Bellaire Primary School
2005 Montpellier Primary School
2006 Chilwell Primary School
2007 Chilwell Primary School
2008 Wallington Primary School
2009 Bellaire Primary School
2010 Lara Primary School
2011 Leopold Primary School
2012 Anglesea Primary School
2013 Anglesea Primary School
2014 Montpellier Primary School
2015 Roslyn Primary School
2016 Wallington Primary School
 2017  St Mary's Primary School

What do people say about the Challenge?

Hi Michael,

Once again, thank you for all your hard work organising this amazing event.  I was so sad to have missed out on the opportunity to come this year.  Unfortunately, the PSG Meetings were scheduled on the same day and I had to be at school (the problem when you wear too many hats).  After hearing all the incredible feedback from the students and parents, there is no way I will miss it next year.  Please keep me on the list of participating schools, as it will be a regularly scheduled event at our school. The students wanted me to send you some feedback about the day, so here it is!!!  They had a fabulous time.  There was much praise for your wonderful and supportive approach to the day.  College is very lucky to have you!!!

Talk soon,


I really enjoyed The Geelong College Challenge! It was a real eye-opener, as it challenged me to do things that I haven't done before - like the robotics. I liked how everything we participated in on the day was with your team. It gave me a lot of confidence and I got to know my team mates better. My favourite activity would have to be the Technology Challenge. I have never done anything like it, but it was surprisingly really fun! I also enjoyed the other challenges, particularly the Major Problem and the Maths! My favourite bit about the Maths task was the 'Eric The Sheep' question. It was really fun to have all the paper sheep and work out the problem. I really enjoyed the Major Problem because we got to make our own mousetrap car! The best bit was when we raced them. It was still really fun, even though we got disqualified! Overall, the day was a huge success! It was by far the best thing I've done all year. I would totally recommend it and I would totally do it again!

By Emily Seear

The Geelong College Challenge was absolutely amazing! It was a great experience for me, especially working in a team with my fellow students from Christ The King. It was really fun to do all the activities. My two favourite challenges were the Maths task and the Major Problem. The other two activities were Sport and Technology. During the Major Problem, we had to make our own mouse trap car, but some of the parts were made beforehand. The Maths Challenge was were we showed great support for each other. The Technology Challenge encouraged us to create a robot. The winners of The Geelong College Challenge were Roslyn Primary. The best part of the day was that it wasn't about winning, it was about participating together, as a team.

By Sarah Carey

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