Council set to calm Alfred St intersection after accident scares
CHARLEVILLE’S Murweh Shire adopted a new plan to calm the Alfred St intersection with Wills St at the council meeting last week.
Surveying for the $24,000 traffic calming plan has already begun. Most of the cost is for better protections for pedestrians.
YOU might think St Mary’s students have gone crazy.
It’s not every day that kids go into school on their day off – voluntarily.
But that’s what 14 St Mary’s students did on Monday, putting in the last touches for their entries for Opti-minds coming up on Sunday.
Opti-minds is essentially a national eisteddfod for teams of school students, and adults.
St Mary’s principal Louise Pfingst said Opti-minds was useful as an educational tool.
She said it taught teamwork, was a challenge and could be a source of validation.
“There is value in building their thinking/problem solving skills,” she said.
The school is sending two teams to Roma to compete in regionals this year, one in literature and language and another science and engineering, with seven students in each.
And they have big boots to fill.
Last year’s science and engineering team managed second place at the state finals. They were pipped at the post by Toowoomba’s Middle Ridge State School.
Already the students have been working on a long-term problem for six weeks.
There is also a short-term problem they will get at the competition itself. They get just 10 minutes to brainstorm an answer. The questions they do have are pretty off-the-wall. The language team has to create several new interpretations of the poem Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Meanwhile the engineering and science team is headed to the moon – they have to send a tuna can to the moon and back with four crew by two different means of propulsion that are automatic.
If either team does well enough in Roma on Sunday to get to state finals, they travel to UQ on October 17 and 18.
READY TO START: St Mary's literature team for Opti-minds – Cameron Holley, Bubsie and Thando Mpofu, Henry Upton, Ned Schmeidt, Analyse Russell and Mitch Sallur.