Port’s bright­est win comp again

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IN their eighth year of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Op­tiMINDS Chal­lenge, the Port Dou­glas State School team have taken out first place in their divi­sion... for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Com­pet­ing in the Divi­sion 1 (pri­mary school aged) So­cial Sci­ences cat­e­gory against eight teams, the team were given two de­mand­ing, open-ended chal­lenges in both a long-term and spon­ta­neous sit­u­a­tion to prob­lem solve.

The team did an amaz­ing job, ex­e­cut­ing their well-prac­tised piece flaw­lessly, with cre­ative flare and even a song.

The spon­ta­neous chal­lenge is a fast, brain­storm­ing chal­lenge that puts each group’s co­op­er­a­tive and team work­ing skills to the test for 10 min­utes in an iso­lated en­vi­ron­ment.

The girls worked like a welloiled ma­chine to­gether which comes as a huge credit to them­selves and their teacher fa­cil­i­ta­tors Miss Jade, Mrs Pow­ers and Miss Jenny who have worked tire­lessly since the start of Term 2 pre­par­ing the team for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Win­ning first place in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion now qual­i­fies the PDSS team to com­pete at the State and na­tional Op­tiMINDS Fi­nals, in Bris­bane on Oc­to­ber 14-15th at the Univer­sity of Qld, St Lu­cia.

There, they will take part in a 20/20 Youth Fo­rum shar­ing and then com­pete in a LongTerm Chal­lenge and an­other Spon­ta­neous Chal­lenge.

Port Dou­glas State School is very proud of what the girls have achieved and the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment both them­selves, and their teacher fa­cil­i­ta­tors, have shown to the Op­tiMINDS Chal­lenge.

Mr Pitt and friends Miallo State School held its an­nual Un­der 8s Day with a range of fun and messy ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing face­paint­ing, wa­ter play, an ob­sta­cle course, sci­ence ex­per­i­ments, bis­cuit dec­o­rat­ing, art and craft, play­dough, bub­ble blow­ing and...

Ex­hausted but ec­static - PDSS Op­tiMINDS team mem­bers Leena, Char­lotte, Sofia, Char­lene, Holly and Sophia col­lect their first place tro­phy at JCU

Boys and their dec­o­rated bis­cuits Ai­den, Zekeyal, Lach­lan, Brody, Jack

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