Off to state fi­nals

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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.

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