Port’s brightest win comp again
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 more. Their special visitors from McDonalds Travelling Farm, brought their baby goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and alpacas for petting and cuddles. A super fun day was had by all.
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