The Oliphant Science Awards is the largest Science Competition in South Australia. The competition is named in honour of Sir Mark Oliphant, a well-known physicist and a former governor of South Australia. Oliphant worked with famous scientists such as Einstein, Lawrence, Fermi and Rutherford.

Over 2800 students participated in total.

The Awards Ceremony was held Friday 21 October 2022.The students listed below were awarded special sponsor prizes, a 1st, 2nd or 3rd for their entry or their entry was Highly Commended. Walford Anglican School for Girls was awarded two school prizes. These awards winning entries will be displayed in the library throughout week 3.


Science & Technology Group Secondary School Prize – 2nd in Years 7 to 10
CSIRO/ CREST Secondary School -1st Prize

Wine Australia Prize for the most outstanding entry highlighting food chemistry and the Tall Poppy Award for a scientific Inquiry for a scientific Inquiry project where clear and engaging communication features.

Scientific Inquiry: Emily Weir – The effect of soil salinity on the growth of plants

The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology Prize for the most outstanding entry highlighting the benefits of scientific research to the community.

Scientific Inquiry: Cristina Parletto – Flaming Hot Pyjamas


Year 7-8

Scientific Inquiry: 1st Cristina Parletto – Flaming Hot Pyjamas
Games: 2nd Olive Ali and Elri Mentz – Manic Mushrooms
Crystals: 2nd Eleni Angelopoulos – Crystal Investigation
Crystals: 3rd Suhansa Hathurusinghe– Crystal Investigation
Multimedia: 3rd Amelie Coulter-Nile – Depth Perception – what is it?

Year 9 -10

Games: 1st Mae Al-Shammari and Niamh Silvestri – Build an Atom
Models & Inventions: 2nd Prize Zara Hutchinson – FloodJax Mitigation Duo
Scientific Inquiry: 3rd Emily Weir – The effect of soil salinity on the growth of plants
Games: 3rd Rebecca Vanstone, Ai Chen Rong and Victoria Hayman – Crazy Corona Crown
Models & Inventions: 3rd Ellen Sampson – Coral Protect Net


Year 5 – 6
Multimedia: Elizabeth Duncan and Indy Threadgold –

Year 9-10

Multimedia: Olivia Giotis – The Science Behind Stretching


Maria Caruso
Head of Science