External Academic Competitions

The 2020 optional, external academic competitions offered at Heaton include ICAS English, Writing, Spelling, Mathematics, Digital Technologies, Science and Australian Mathematics Competitions. In addition to this, Year 8 students are also able to participate in the Junior Big Science Competition. All competitions except Big Science and Australian Mathematics Competition will be completed by students digitally. 

The competitions provide an opportunity for all students to gain a measure of their achievement in an external assessment situation. It provides schools and teachers with comprehensive reporting of results and also gives parents helpful information regarding their child’s performance in the chosen exams.

All participating students receive a printed certificate and an individual student report indicating which questions they answered correctly, as well as the average mark for New Zealand. The student report is useful for highlighting student strengths and gaps in the skills identified in the exams.

Certificates are awarded for all external exams each year and have differing levels of achievements. Medals may be awarded to top students in a year level. Entries to the external exams can only be accepted through our school for our students.

Please take note of the closing dates shown in the table below for ordering each competition subject. Once you have booked and paid, online refunds are unavailable. Late entries are unable to be accepted.

Payment must be made using the Kindo/Growth Collective link:

  • www.mykindo.co.nz

  • For help and technical enquiries please call the Kindo Helpdesk: 05 0845 4636 (freephone) Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or email: helpdesk@thegrowthcollective.co.nz

Further information, including practice papers for  ICAS exams, can be found at www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/eaa, Big Science Competition: www.asi.edu.au Australian Mathematics Competitions www.amt.edu.au

Sarah Cumming, Deputy Principal

By Sarah Cumming