Book in a Day

/ / / Padua-Rosebud







Padua-Tyabb St Peters-East Woodleigh


Public Speaking

/ / / Cornish

Teen Chef

/ / / Flinders-Tyabb







The 2017 Theatresports Championship was held at St Francis Xavier College on the 25th of July.  
A fun filled day was experienced with students from member schools, as guest judges Patrick Duffy and Tim Redmond from Impro Melbourne were present.

All teams performed a 1, 2 and 3 minute game and the competition was very close as the top four teams in each group qualified to the finals.

Congratulations to Flinders-Tyabb for winning the Junior Championship Shield.

Congratulations to Balcombe Grammar for winning the Senior Championship Shield.

Most Supportive Improvisor Award

Junior - Christina Perra, SFX-Berwick

Senior - Sarah Kruithoff, Flinders-CD

Best Line Award

Junior - Connor Beck, Berwick

Senior - Ace Mehegan, St Johns

Best Physical Offer

Junior - Sebastian Romero, St Johns

Senior - all senior students for the unified zombie attack



All 12 member schools participated in this year’s Teen Chef competition, hosted at St Johns College on the 7th of August 2017.

The ingredients list this year included some unusual ingredients, such as Australian bush herbs, micro herbs for garnish and edible flowers. The decision was made to remove chocolate from the ingredients list, as students tend to fall back on chocolate as the easy dessert option. This proved to be an excellent choice, as the desserts were complex, creative and delicious; making use of lots of pastries, fruit and interesting flavourings.

We were fortunate to once again have judges from the ACF to observe, advise and judge the competition. They provided some guidance during the competition to ensure success for all participants.  The judges were very impressed by the techniques that the students used and agreed that the complexity and creativity in dishes were both surprising and impressive for secondary school students.

Congratulations to all schools involved and especially to our winners- Flinders College, Tyabb Campus with their winning dishes: Thai Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice, Fried Spices & Rice Paper Crisps; and Vanilla Bean Mousse with Raspberry Meringues, Raspberry Sauce, Coconut Crumb and Mint Dust.

Click here for the table of full results.


On the 12th of September St Francis Xavier College hosted the 2017 Chess Championship and the tournament was hosted by ChessKids.

200 students from the following schools participated in the tournament:- Balcombe, Berwick, Cornish, Flinders, John Paul, Nazareth, Padua, St Francis Xavier, St James, St Johns, St Peters and Woodleigh. 

The day was a great collaboration of fellow students playing chess and the spirit of all players from all schools was terrific.

Congratulations to the Nazareth College students who were awarded with the Overall Championship Shield.

ChessKids medals were presented as follows:-

Gold - Isaiah Libermann from Woodleigh

Silver - Jack McDonald from Balcombe

Bronze - Vincent Nguyen from St Johns

Congratulations to all students and thank you for your participation.

The final results may be downloaded here


The 2017 Public Speaking Championship was held on the 2nd of May at John Paul College.

Teams from the following schools were registered:-  Berwick, Cornish, Flinders, Padua, St Peters, St Francis Xavier, St Johns, St James

Congratulations to all students for their convincing and engaging speeches in a very close competition.

The SIS Public Speaking competition is always a day of mixed emotions. The nervousness of waiting for your name to be called; the relief when it’s over; the excitement as you prepare your impromptu speech; and the utter dismay when you realise that your 5 minutes of preparation time is up!

50 students from year 7-10 participated in the competition as they presented on topics ranging from ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ to ‘If I ruled the world…’ and ‘The media controls how and what we think’. Some topics were known in advance while others were only revealed with 5 minutes to prepare.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to present in front of teachers and peers; and the DAV adjudicators provided useful and encouraging feedback to all students.

Congratulations to our schools:

     1st - Cornish

     2nd - SFX Berwick

     3rd - Berwick Grammar


The Book in a Day Championship was held on the 15th of August.  
This competition provides student's with an opportunity to work together as a team to create an illustrated novella between 4000-6000 words in length.  Prompts are provided upon arrival and a bound book must be presented after 8 hours of hard work.  Some of the novella titles were:-

- Reunited

- Spoilt and Lost

- Terra

- Treasure among the Trees

- Underdog

- Skindeep

- Stoneheart

- Scarecrow Intelligence

- Maverick

- The After Math

Scholastic Books judged the winning Novella... Padua-Rosebud's SKINDEEP - Congratulations.



Junior- Padua Tyabb narrowly defeated Cornish
This was a really close debate. Both teams presented mature and thoughtful debates and spoke with confidence and knowledge of the topic. I really could not have picked this result and did not envy Rebekah her job as adjudicator.
Congratulations also to Jordan from Cornish and Byron from Padua for tying for Best Speaker.

Intermediate- St Peters East defeated Woodleigh
Another really impressive debate. A member of the Woodleigh team ended up in hospital that morning so Mia stepped in at the last minute and did a great job- you would not have known she had just picked it up that morning.
Both teams presented really convincing debates. The St Peters team were very impressive in both their manner and matter and the complexity of their arguments and rebuttal was what put them over the top for this one.
Best speaker went to Alice from Woodleigh.

Senior- Woodleigh defeated Berwick
This debate really did come down to subtleties in argumentation and rebuttal. As you would hope for in a senior debate, the arguments were very nuanced and sophisticated and the adjudicator's decision came down to how well the teams engaged their opposition's arguments and how well they were able to tie arguments directly back to the topic.
Best speaker went to Sarah from Woodleigh.

Thank you to all schools for your participation in SIS Debating this year.