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This years competition

2023 Theme

The Web of Life in the Wet & Wild

 Just about every plant and animal is food for something else. 

Wetlands are biodiverse ecosystems with all of the organisms interlinked to form different foodwebs. Each week, we are going to have 4 organisms which form a food chain, so there might be a plant, a herbivore, a carnivore and a large carnivore.

Our clues will take you on a journey to wetlands in Australia. Your students will find out about the plants and animals that live in there. 

This year if you can put the organisms in order of the food chain and give the scientific name your team can be named Scientific Super Stars!!

Clues 2023

Week 1 clues  Hint: The organism  is more general this week to ease us in to the challenge. Don't forget to put them in order of the food chain.

Week 2 clues Looking for specific species this week in correct order of the food chain. Scientific Super Stars need the correct order and scientific name. Good Luck! 

Week 3 clues Great work everyone putting the organisms in food chain order.

A little help. Please put your clue numbers in chronological order to speed up marking.

Week 4 clues Good luck with the final challenge



Use the proforma to return your answers. 

Email back to by 1pm on Friday each week.

Please help:

We ask for your help to speed up marking. We are teachers too and mark over the weekend.

1. Have your clues in by the deadline, 1pm each Friday.

2. Please put the clues in numerical order on the answer sheet.

The easier you make it on the markers the quicker the scores and answers will be posted. Thank you


Total each week of 40 marks.

4 marks for a correct animal or plant common name.

If that is correct, then 1 mark for each correct clue. 

The species has to be correct for the clues to be marked. Each clue can only be used once.

A team may get a species correct but not all the clues (4 marks for the species and then up to 6 marks for the correct clues).

Scientific Super Stars

This years focus is on the order of the food chain.

Identify all the organisms correctly and get the order right and your team can be on the Scientific Super Stars list.

To add to the challenge you can submit the scientific name as proof that you have done your research, just like a scientist. 

To get their name on the Scientific Super Star list on the website but no extra marks, the team needs to:-

* submit the correct names and clues, 

* correct order of the food chain and

*Optional - some or all of the correct scientific names.

HOWEVER there is a risk; if a team have a correct common name but use the incorrect scientific name eg. for an overseas species or one that lives in a different location, the team get no points as it is the incorrect species.

Teams that get the common names and clues all correct are listed on the website also.

We have set it that way so teachers can choose which degree of difficulty their students may wish to compete at.


The correct answers for each session will be published here on completion of marking.

Week 1 Answers

Week 2 Answers

Week 3 Answers

Week 4 Answers


Team progressive scores

If your team does not have a score beside your name we have not received your entry (or oops we have made a mistake). Please send us an email to check.

Week 4  Score table 

40 point Scientific Super Stars this week.

Carrington PS                    Year 3-4 Banksia Brunch

Ettalong PS                        6H

Matthew Pearce PS          6S/5L Team 1

O'Connell PS                      Team C

Parkes East PS                    6F                                            

Richmond North PS          6W

Samuel Gilbert PS             5 SL

                                            3/4 G

Temora PS                           5/6 Pink

40 points - All correct.

Bribbaree PS                  Rock Wallabies

Bundanoon PS               Bull Sharks

Carrington PS                 Mischievous Melaleuca     

Crookwell PS                  Year 5 Dingo

Dungowan PS                 Dungowan Detectives

Garah PS                          Garah Greats

Georges Hall PS              Dolphins

Hornsby North PS          6 Blue

Jilliby PS                           Sugar Gliders

Matthew Pearce PS       6S/5L Team 2

Mayfield West Demonstration School     Mosquitoes

Narraweena PS                  Ancient Ibis

Toongabbie PS                    6D

 Wahroonga PS                   5/6 C                                    


2023 Overall Winners

Bundanoon PS                   Bull Sharks

Ettalong PS                         6H

Matthew Pearce PS          6S/5L Team 1

Richmond North PS          6W

Samuel Gilbert PS             5 SL