Off to state finals
FINLEY Public School’s ‘Tournament of Minds’ team recently won the Riverina Final.
The FPS team of seven Year 5 and 6 students will now compete at the state final in Sydney on Sunday, September 11.
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program where students are challenged to work together as a team to solve academically demanding open-ended problems.
During the school program, the children learn how to read and understand a problem, research relevant information and come up with creative ideas to present a solution.
The FPS team entered the Language Literature division and demonstrated a thorough understanding of the given problem and presented a well thought out and entertaining play for the judges to enjoy.
The entire program is child directed with an adult facilitator there only to supervise and encourage, but not to direct or give ideas.
Children have the chance to show off all their language, drama and artistic skills as they write their play script, make their own costumes and develop their multi-media backgrounds to enhance the play.
The FPS team is currently in preparation for the Sydney final, which comprises a ‘Three Hour Challenge’ and a ‘Spontaneous Challenge’.
In the three hour challenge, the team must read and understand an unseen problem and then communicate their solution within the set three hours.
They are given a box of materials with which to construct all props and costumes and the rest is up to them.
The spontaneous challenge is only five minutes but requires a rapid exchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and welldeveloped group cooperation skills to combine and enhance their solution.
FPS are very proud of the curriculum enrichment programs, and especially proud of these gifted and talented students who have made the most of their opportunities.
They will now represent the school on the state stage.
Doreen Whitaker, Ester Byran, Peter Hueston and Carrie Hawke.
(Back left) Ruth Haynes (teacher), Samantha Potter, Damon Anderson and Chelsea Taylor. (Front) Jade O'Bryan, Rosie Archer, Eloise Ashley-Cooper and Emma Marsden.