Great minds bring home honours

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, News, Timeline

ToM Year 7-8 team edit

SMC’s Year 7/8 ToM team, from left, Emily Walter, Isabella Cox, Alyssa Lee, Natalie De Cesare, Caitlin Marr, and front, Shreya Karunakara, left, and Bridie Lawler.

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 and Year 7/8 Tournament of the Minds (ToM) teams who represented St Mary’s in the state finals held at Ogilvie High School on Saturday 9 September.

SMC’s Year 7/8 team rose to the challenge to win honours (second place) in the secondary Social Sciences section.

ToM is an international program designed to give students the opportunity to participate in creative activities within a team structure.

It involves stimulating open-ended challenges which demand experimentation and reward creative 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.

Well done to the following students:

Year 5/6 team – Primary Maths and Engineering Division: Ellie Atkins, Stefani Khoo, Bethany Creese, Elizabeth Monks, Zyla Williams, Adalia Hauler and Grace Cox.

Year 7/8 team – Secondary Social Sciences Division: Isabella Cox, Shreya Karunakara, Natalie De Cesare, Neve Mason, Emily Walter, Bridie Lawler and Caitlin Marr.

Thank you to the parents for transporting and supporting the girls on the day. Particular thanks goes to Mrs Cox and Mrs Walter for their help.

Thank you also to Extension Program teacher, Mrs Noble for her invaluable support, guidance and encouragement.

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