A TEAM of Molesworth Primary School students have produced a mind-blowing performance to qualify for the national finals of a problemsolving competition.
The team, made up of students from Grade 4 to Grade 6, qualified for the Australasian Finals of the Tournaments of Minds competition after taking out the state final of the Language Literature — Primary section last month.
Support teacher Sharon Rime said the students were thrilled with the result in just the second year the school took part in the competition.
“There were a few tears actually, they were so happy,” Mrs Rime said.
To take out the state final, the team had to perform a long-term challenge they had been working on for six weeks, as well as an unseen spontaneous challenge.
For the long-term challenge, the students were given a book list, from which they had to take a character and use that character to solve a problem in another story.
The team was required to use teamwork and problem=solving skills, and then present their work in an entertaining way on the day.
Team member Audrey Flanagan loved every minute.
“We really had to work as a team and we all became great friends. It was really exciting and a great opportunity,” Audrey said.
The Australasian finals will be held in Adelaide from October 26-29.
Mrs Rime believes it will be difficult for the team to try to replicate their success on the national stage, but remains upbeat.
“It’s a big challenge, but they’re very keen and motivated and they’re a group of very creative thinkers.”
Mia Watson “can’t wait to go to Adelaide,” while Bonnie Oakley said “it’s just so much fun”.