DON’T WALK

Coun­cil set to calm Al­fred St in­ter­sec­tion af­ter ac­ci­dent scares

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

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.

PHOTO: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

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.

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