College’s great minds take out state title

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

A team of St Mary’s College Senior School students are state champions following an outstanding Tournament of Minds (TOM) showing at Ogilvie High School on the weekend.

Students, Shreya Karunakara (Year 9), Estella Edwards (Year 7), Stefani Khoo (Year 7), Isabella Cox (Year 9), Emily Walter (Year 8), Natalie De Cesare (Year 9) and Alyssa Lee (Year 9) held off teams from other Tasmanian schools to claim the Social Sciences category for Senior School competitors.


Congratulations must also go to the College’s Junior School team (Zyla Williams, Adalia Hauler, Madeleine Ambrose, Grace Cox, Grace Marshall, Lucy McKenna and Anna Fracalossi), who did a fabulous job representing SMC at the event.


TOM is a national problem-solving program aimed at enhancing student thinking. The competition requires teams to work cooperatively as they tackle stimulating open-ended challenges which demand experimental and reward creative and critical thinking.

On tournament day, teams of seven students are required to present their solutions to two challenges – the Long-Term Challenge and the Spontaneous Challenge.

The Long-Term Challenge sees students given six weeks to prepare their solution, including script writing and creating costumes and props. This solution is then performed to a panel of judges and an audience.

The Spontaneous Challenge is a previously unseen ‘on the spot’ challenge, where teams are only given a few minutes to discuss and plan their responses. Participants are judged on their ability to develop ideas and work collaboratively towards a solution.

All the girls are to be commended on their dedication, creativity and team work throughout the challenge period.

Thank you to all parents for transporting and supporting students on the day. Thank you also to St Mary’s College teachers, Jenny Noble and Karen Walter for their assistance, guidance and encouragement in the lead-up to the competition.

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