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Cairns High student invited to be part of the Curious Minds program at ANU

Olivia Taifalos started Cairns High in Year 9 this year and she is proving to have more than a few talents.  Olivia plays the piano and plays cello in the award winning Cairns State High School Orchestra. She also participates in the Young Singers Ensemble and the school’s Hockey Excellence Program.

In addition to her passion of music and sport she is interested in science and maths participating in the Maths and Science Enrichment Program. Olivia also aspires to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma which she will commence next year. 

Olivia received exceptional results in last term’s Big Science Competition and in turn has been invited to be in the Curious Minds program. Curious Minds is jointly administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations and Olivia is thrilled to be invited. 

“I’m very excited, when I found out I thought I just have to take up this opportunity and really make the most of it”, she commented. Olivia is considering Medicine at university however “this is one step in discovering about other exciting new career opportunities that may open up for me”. 

Curious Minds is a six-month program for girls that combines two residential camps (summer 2015 and winter 2016 school holidays) at the Australian National University. The camps will ignite the girls’ passion to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) interests in a variety of ways. Each student will also be matched with a female mentor who has a STEM background, together they will work on personal goals and future pathway opportunities amongst other things.

Cairns High has also had recent success with science and engineering related activities. Our OPTI-Minds team was successful in winning their challenge (Science Engineering Division lll - including up to university/college students), held at James Cook University. The team of Daichi Sakamoto, Daniel Cordhozic, Christina Lee and Charles Pool will head to Brisbane in the school holidays to compete in the State Finals.