News

Gympie maths whizz is something special

SMART COOKIE: Nine-year-old Brock Morgan from Two Mile State School is one to watch, gaining three distinctions and two high distinctions in the recent UNSW tests.
SMART COOKIE: Nine-year-old Brock Morgan from Two Mile State School is one to watch, gaining three distinctions and two high distinctions in the recent UNSW tests. Donna Jones

TWO Mile State School has a child prodigy on its hands.

Not only has nine-year-old Brock Morgan been accelerated into Year 4 and is learning Maths and English at Year 5 level, he recently received three distinctions and two high distinctions in the University of New South Wales testing program.

The program has five tests, in science, maths, English, writing and spelling, and for a single student to receive all distinctions and high distinctions is something acting principal Wayne Bahr has never seen in his 35 years of teaching.

"It's not unusual for a student to get a distinction or high distinction, but to show such a high level of aptitude in literacy, languages and numeracy is extremely rare,” Mr Bahr said.

Only 3% of Australian students will receive a distinction and only 1% will gain a high distinction. For Brock to gain more than one of each is out of the ordinary.

Educational Assessment Australia specialises in placement tests and school assessments including ICAS and the General Achievement Test. ICAS, commonly referred to as the University of New South Wales competitions, is conducted annually.

Students from more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific region, Australia and the USA participate in ICAS each year and ICAS is the only assessment program in the world that enables the tracking of individual student performance and progress annually from Years 2 to 12.

Brock's teacher, Mike Jackes has been teaching at Two Mile for nearly 40 years and was not really surprised by his test results.

"Here is a student who taught himself to read in Pre-prep,” Mr Jackes said.

Brock's mum Debbie is thrilled her youngest is doing so well and said the first book he read was a 10-story compendium on the adventures of Zach Power in Pre-Prep.

"He just picked up a book and started to read,” she said.

She also said in Pre-Prep he astounded his teachers with the observation that "God is dog spelled backwards”.

"I remember when I was cleaning the workshop and I used to get so annoyed because the workmen would come in with their muddy boots. Brock must have been about three at the time and he wrote on the floor in chalk 'wipe your feet',” she laughed.

Brock himself agrees that he's a bit of a smart cookie, and said he was pleased with the result.

"It wasn't too hard,” he said, "But I enjoyed the challenge.”

In addition to schooling, Brock enjoys Scratch Club, where he and his friends complete computer coding to build their own games, hand ball, and reading fiction and non-fiction books, especially on Greek mythology. He is also a musician and plays both the drums and keyboard.

Brock definitely doesn't have a girlfriend, and judging by his reaction to the question, has no plans to change that situation just yet. He also has girl problems at home with two older twin sisters to contend with.

He is a fan of The Big Bang Theory and just like the characters on that show, would like to become a scientist one day.

While he isn't quite sure which field of science he wants to pursue just yet, he does know that it will have plenty to do with his favourite subject, maths.

While the environment and global warming weren't subjects he was particularly interested in, regarding American politics, he was definite on where he would place his vote if he were a voter.

"Not Donald Trump,” he said emphatically.

Gympie Times


Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Kandanga butcher named third best snags in Australia

PRIZE PORK: Mitch Perkins from Kandanga Meats won third prize in the National Sausage King competition.

Mitch Perkins wants his pork sausages to win next year.

Ex-Gympie man's new TV scandal

court generic

Ex-Gympie man believed involved in new Seven network harassment row

What's on this weekend in Gympie's gigs?

Brad Rodgers.

Check out what's happening in the region this weekend.

Local Partners

Gympie gallery to mark birthday

The Gympie Regional Gallery Twilight Suitcase Market will include the Gallery's 19th birthday celebration with cake.


What's on this weekend in Gympie's gigs?

Brad Rodgers.

Check out what's happening in the region this weekend.

Gympie 'movement' gets connected at The Pavilion

Gympie Family History Society's Di Woodstock is a co-ordinator of the Connecting the Community event at The Pavilion this Saturday.

Community gets connected on the Gympie Southside

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Near-million dollar park for Rainbow Beach

Playground to feature flying fox, giant basket swing, pirate ship slide

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

What's on this weekend in Gympie's gigs?

Brad Rodgers.

Check out what's happening in the region this weekend.

Gympie gallery to mark birthday

MARKETING: Come and meet Arkin Mackay (left) with her Do Rags and Caedmon Johnson (right) with his Gecko Skin Jewellery at the Suitcase Market on Saturday, March 4.

Celebration starts with Suitcase Market and cake

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!