After all, seven trophies are a lot to carry between a group of four youngsters. 

The challenge is a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) competition requiring entrants to craft their own working submarines.

Team Triton, as they called themselves were the only primary school entry in the competition, but still managed to take away seven of the nine trophies on offer, becoming National Champions in the ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) category.

The other six catergory wins were for Best Team Marketing, Best Manufactured ROV, Best Graphic Design, Best Team Portfolio, Best Engineered ROV and Best Sea Trial ROV.

The boys, Eric McCauley, Mason Ross, Jake Hamood and Griffin Bierlein, spent approximately 15 weeks in and out of school marketing, designing, building and testing their ROVs.

Not surprisingly, deputy headmaster Neil Andary is very proud of the students, and says their success comes down to hard work, natural ability, and great leadership on the part of teachers and parents.

A structured approach to science and mathematics at the school also helped propel the boys into the limelight.

“I think there is a need to be mindful of understanding how things work and science is at the heart of everything,” Andary says.

“Science gives kids the chance to make mistakes, to explore, to challenge...I think that’s part of our philosophy, encouraging boys to have a go at things, but with appropriate scaffolding.”

This philosophy was certainly something the boys took on board, and it stood them in good stead among their older competitors.

“Interestingly along the way, our boys always felt like and spoke like they were going to be winners,” Andary says.

“And I wasn’t even sure what they were going to win, but, in essence they believed that they were doing a really good job, and I think that shone out in the end because I think, not only did they believe it, but they actually worked hard to achieve it.”