Volume 31 Issue 18 17 Jun 2022 18 Sivan 5782

Primary News

Katie Brody – Director of Students K-6

2022 ICAS
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools

Recognising academic excellence in students Years 3-6 

For many years, Emanuel School has been involved in ICAS Academic Competitions. The ICAS Competition series is not a set of grade-level assessments. These exams are designed to be a challenge that shows how students can apply classroom learning in new contexts and to use higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. The ICAS suite of competitions attracts highly able students from all across Australia, Asia and the Pacific Region. 

These optional academic competitions attract:

  • Students in Years 3 – 6 who enjoy a significant academic challenge
  • Students in Years 3 – 6 who find competitions stimulating and exciting
  • Students in Years 3 – 6 who are seeking to build a portfolio of achievements

A number of our students achieve a Merit or Credit certificate, which is very impressive. Others are awarded with Distinction or High Distinction certificates and these very high levels often confirm the students’ suitability for extension programs or consideration of further competition entry into events such as the Da Vinci Decathlon. 

Please note: Booking your child into any or all of these academic competitions is completely optional and is not a requirement of the school. Payment information and prices for these competitions will be made directly with ICAS. The prices and the link for ICAS payments appears below. 

The school will facilitate each competition on the set date only. In the event that your child misses an ICAS competition for any reason, please email the ICAS customer service team to request a refund. Please send the reason for your refund, your order number and school name to icasassessments@janison.com.au

ICAS competition dates at Emanuel

ICAS Writing (typed) 

Monday 8 August 2022


Please check the dates carefully as there will be no catch up exams.

We are keen to minimise disruptions to the flow of learning. 

ICAS Digital Technologies

Tuesday 9 August 2022

ICAS English

Wednesday 17 August 2022

ICAS Science

Monday 22 August 2022

ICAS Mathematics

Year 3 and Year 4 – Monday 29 August 2022

Year 5 and Year 6 – Tuesday 30 August 2022


If you are interested in encouraging your child to participate in one or more of these competitions but you have questions, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher or email Katie Brody, Director of Studies.

In addition, should your child wish to prepare for these competitions, here is a link to practice tests and past papers.

Competition payment system

ICAS charges approximately $20.00 per competition for most subjects as well as an online booking fee. The Writing competition costs closer to $25.00. Payments for the tests are made directly with ICAS through the online parent payment system outlined below. 

Please diarise the payment deadline and the competition dates to avoid disappointment. 

    • The payment portal opens on Monday 21 June 2022
    • The payment portal will close for bookings on Friday 22 July 2022

Year 6 – Write A Book In A Day

On Wednesday 15 June 2022 Year 6 students had a full creative day of writing. They entered the Write A Book In A Day event. Write a Book in a Day is a fun, creative and collaborative competition. Teams have just 12 hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story. Digital editions of the completed stories are made available online and shared with hospitals across Australia.

Starting first thing in the morning with the introduction to the program and the purpose, the students anticipated the challenge ahead. They sat and soaked up the steps of the process, the success criteria and the strategy. Soon planning began, and with the creative buzz in the air, ideas began to flow. It was not long before the students were underway, developing the central character, their initial circumstances, their vulnerabilities and their plight. The day was big and busy but it was extremely exciting too. The classrooms were buzzing with activity. Writing, conferencing and proofreading took place throughout the day. Beginning with the end in mind, the students developed the narrative and achieved that which they feared was not possible. It was an outstanding creative challenge for students and teachers alike. We could not be more proud of all involved and huge accolades and praise goes to the Year 6 teaching team for coordinating the process. Thank you to Mr Lukins, Ms Kessler and Mr Wilbury for their huge commitment and support. 

The Fuse Cup – eSports Competition

Don’t forget to head to the Innovation article in MaNishma if your child is in Year 5 or Year 6 and is interested in joining the Fuse Cup eSports afternoon activity.