Fort Street High School

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Fort Street High School students have the opportunity to particupate in a wide range of competitions and challenges that support student learning and enhance social and personal development. Competitions had throughout the year in a number of subject areas. Students are encouraged to particpate in a wide range of competition to enrich the core learning experiences.


A wide variety of co-curricular enrichment and competitions are offered by the Maths Enrichment Program. All activities are designed to motivate, stimulate and develop mathematically interested and talented students. The Mathematics Enrichment Program offers the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA)

There are three independent stages in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad, and administered by the school.

Challenge Stage

This consists of six problems that are completed over a three-week period from March to April.

There is a cost involved with this activity.

Enrichment Stage

This consists of four different parallel series, namely Euler Series, Gauss Series, Noether Series and Polya Series, which must be completed over a 16 week period starting in May.

There is a cost involved with this activity.

Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)

A four hour examination for talented students, appropriate for those who have completed the Gauss and Noether stage, high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition and students who have acquired knowledge of Olympiad problem solving.

There is a cost involved with this activity.

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)

The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes (Years 7–12).

Contact: Mr Ali Razzaghi
Head Teacher Mathematics
Cohen Staffroom


Students who have a passion for Science can participate in a diverse range of scientific competitions including:

  • Australian Science Innovations “Australian Science Olympiads” in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics (selected interested students Years 10-11)
  • RACI National Titration Competition (selected interested students Years 10-11)
  • Young Scientist Awards (selected team and individual student research projects from Years 8-10)

In partnership with the Inner West Community of Schools, interested Year 10 students can participate in the Science Challenge where they act as mentors to students from local primary schools in conducting research projects and investigations.

During National Science Week selected Year 9 and Year 10 students will display research projects in the Fort Street Science Fair. These projects will be evaluated and judged by scientists from the community.


The Australian Science and Innovation Group run the Australian science Olympiad program. There are four areas of the program–Chemistry Physics, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science. Students investigate the ASI syllabus for their area of science and the syllabus is equivalent to the first year university course. Students carry out extensive study and preparation for an exam paper based on that syllabus. Students across Australia compete and the top 20 to 30 students in each subject area are invited to a summer school at either Canberra University or Melbourne University for a 2 week intensive science program.

The top 5 students are then selected to represent Australia at international competition. Fort Street High School has had several students who have represented Australia in areas such as Physics and Chemistry

Contact: Mr Tim Hasenbein 
Head Teacher Science - Relieving
Rowe Staffroom

Titration Competition

The titration competition is open to students interested in Chemistry in year 10, 11 and 12. Titration is also part of the HSC course. It operates at the end of term 1 and the beginning of term 2 each year. Titration is an important aspect of analytical chemistry and the titration competition is developing student skills, and promoting further interest in science and chemistry in particular

Contact: Mr Tim Hasenbein
Head Teacher – Science
Rowe Staffroom

Mock Trial

Year 11 students have the opportunity to experience the workings of the courts and the justice system by participating in hypothetical legal situations, pitting their skills against other schools.

Contact: Mr Rod Carritt
Teacher – Social Science
Rowe Staffroom


Mooting competitions simulate a court trial where students formulate and present legal submissions as barristers to a judge or magistrate. This is a fun and challenging process where students are provided with a summary of a legal case, legislation and relevant case law. They then work in teams and write submissions using appropriate terminology to diagnose legal issues. The process is completed over several hours and competition takes place over one or two days. Our mooting program includes a range of competition opportunities for Legal Studies students in year 11 and 12. Students are also introduced to foundational legal concepts and rhetorical skills in Commerce in year 10. Fort Street High School were finalists in the Bond University Student Mooting Competition. In 2021, the students were proud winners of the University of Western Sydney Michael Kirby Mooting Competition. 

Contact: Ms Jenny Xu
Teacher Social Science/English
Cohen Staffroom

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 is eligible to participate in the challenge.

To register for the Challenge, students need to log onto the Premier’s Reading Challenge website using their DEC login details, and start filling in the Student Reading Records from March 1st each year. Students need to read 20 books between September 1st each year and August 31st the following year. At least 10 books must be on the prescribed book list. Students who have completed four Challenges receive a Gold Certificate; students who complete seven Challenges receive a Platinum Certificate. Students who complete every Challenge from Year 3 to Year 9 receive a medal.

There is a wide variety of reading genres from which to choose, including factual, poetry, drama, newspaper texts, humorous fiction, love stories, fantasy, picture books, science fiction, classics, to name a few.

Contact: Donna Page
Teacher Librarian
School Library

Tournament of the Minds

Every year Fort St High School enters teams in this national competition. The categories are: Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Science and Technology.

The school has a well-established reputation in the competition, dominating the regional results and often advancing to state level. Senior students mentor the junior students, and act as coordinators of the teams, providing advice and feedback. Fortians take time from their university life to provide additional support and feedback.

Contact: Mr Garth Chapman
Head Teacher Social Science
Rowe Staffroom