Young minds up for tour­na­ment’s tricky chal­lenges


More than 45 schools fought for the top spot in a per­for­mancedriven tour­na­ment in Palmer­ston North last week.

Tour­na­ment of Minds tests pupils’ abil­i­ties to cre­ate a per­for­mance based around sub­jects such as math­e­mat­ics, science and English.

The tour­na­ment was held at Ross In­ter­me­di­ate on Satur­day, with pri­mary, in­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary school pupils from Whanganui, Have­lock North, Waikanae, Feild­ing and Palmer­ston North.

Each team had six weeks to pre­pare a long-term chal­lenge, and were fur­ther tested with an­other chal­lenge on the day.

Ross in­ter­me­di­ate pupil Lucea Bed­ford, 11, said her team’s longterm chal­lenge was based on lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture.

The team pre­pared scenes from books, in­clud­ing Hansel and Gre­tel, and Twelfth Night.

Bed­ford said it was great to see other schools’ per­for­mances af­ter fo­cus­ing on their own per­for­mance for weeks.

Ross In­ter­me­di­ate pupil Ai­dan Brown, 11, said his group’s per­for­mance was based on win­ning a trip to Mars by play­ing Lotto.

All teams had to solve a prob­lem.

In the lot­tery per­for­mance the host tried to rig the Lotto so that he could win the trip to Mars.

The cat­e­gory was math­e­mat­ics and en­gi­neer­ing.

War­wick Grady, who helped or­gan­ise the event, said this was the fourth year Tour­na­ment of Minds had been held in Palmer­ston North.

The in­ter-school con­test had grown in pop­u­lar­ity over its 30 years in New Zealand, he said.

It was all about cre­ativ­ity and chal­leng­ing pupils in­tel­lec­tu­ally.

The tour­na­ment is held in Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch, with the na­tion­als in Wel-

‘‘The Tour­na­ment of Minds is all about cre­ativ­ity and chal­leng­ing pupils in­tel­lec­tu­ally’’ War­wick Grady Tour­na­ment of Minds or­gan­iser

ling­ton on Septem­ber 23.

The ul­ti­mate goal was to get to the fi­nals in Aus­tralia, Grady said.

The tour­na­ment had 10 cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, and so­cial sciences.

On Satur­day, there were six Palmer­ston North win­ners from Cor­ner­stone Chris­tian School, Palmer­ston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal School, Palmer­ston North Girls’ High School and Whakarongo School.


Ai­dan Brown, 11, right, pre­pares to go into space against ad­vice from Hay­ley Atkin, 11.

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