Stu­dents take on chal­lenge

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ Seven teams from schools across the Pil­bara com­peted in the inau­gu­ral Op­tiDay ear­lier this month, an in­clu­sive team chal­lenge which em­pow­ers par­tic­i­pants to think, cre­ate and com­mu­ni­cate.

Stu­dents from Parabur­doo, Tom Price, North Tom Price Pri­mary Schools and Tom Price Se­nior High School com­peted in the re­gional fi­nal of com­plex chal­lenges adapted from the Op­tiDay pro­gram.

For the past six weeks, stu­dents have worked to­gether on a Long Term Chal­lenge so­lu­tion, which they pre­sented to a panel of three in­de­pen­dent judges and a large au­di­ence on Septem­ber 12. Once stu­dents had per­formed their Long Term Chal­lenges, they were re­quired to com­plete a “Spon­ta­neous” chal­lenge.

There were three chal­lenges, which in­volved a per­for­mance cen­tred around a lost is­land and an experiment where par­tic­i­pants were re­quired to con­struct a shel­ter us­ing sus­tain­able re­sources.

Parabur­doo Pri­mary deputy prin­ci­pal Jason Bushe-Jones said the Op­tiDay Chal­lenge re­quired the rapid in­ter­change of ideas, abil­ity to think ef­fec­tively, cre­atively and wellde­vel­oped group co­op­er­a­tion skills.

“Dur­ing this chal­lenge, each group was pro­vided with a com­plex prob­lem to solve with only four min­utes to pre­pare and one minute to present,” he said.

Re­gional Cham­pi­ons were Parabur­doo Pri­mary School Team 1. Alec Pas­coe Spirit of Op­tiMINDS Award went to Tom Price Pri­mary School Team 1, and the Re­silience Award to Tom Price Se­nior High School

Pic­ture: Parabur­doo Pri­mary School

Parabur­doo Pri­mary School Team 1 were Re­gional Cham­pi­ons at the re­cent inau­gu­ral Op­tiDay.

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