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Students unlock code to a safer digital future

St Peter’s students Brock Hall and Jackson Proctor were named the Years 5-6
team winners at the inaugural Future Coding competition

TWO students from St Peter’s School, Caboolture, answered the call from the state’s cyber safety heroes to #code4qld to keep Queenslanders safe in a digital world.

Jackson Proctor and Brock Hall (CyBoys) were named the winning team in the Years 5-6 category of the first ever Premier's Creating Queensland's Future coding competition.

The new coding competition, open to Queensland school students in Years 5 to 10, encouraged emerging digital creators and innovators to solve real-world problems using digital solutions.

Students could enter as either individuals or in a team in three different categories

The competition brief asked students to create a game, animation or app that focused on a cyber safety message by using one or more of the featured cyber safe characters developed by the state education office.

St Peter’s digital technology specialist teacher Amanda Gardiner said the two students took up the challenge and through many lunch hours and time at home, problem solving, checking and re-designing of their original product, they developed a cyber safety maze game with multiple levels of difficulty.

“Coding forms only a small part of the primary school digital curriculum, however, this process involved more than just coding,” Amanda said.

“These boys collaborated, planned, analysed and re-designed their game multiple times throughout the lengthy process.

“They needed to draw on their creative and critical thinking skills through the many stages of the planning, design and implementation process.

“The game so impressed the judges, Jackson and Brock were announced the winners of the Years 5 and 6 team event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.” 

Amanda said she was lucky to be working in a school that valued and supported the new Digital Technologies curriculum.

“Our students have embraced this new subject this year and I am excited about what next year will bring,” she said.

Brisbane Catholic Education Office

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GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

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