GREAT MINDS

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

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”.

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