After many weeks of hard work and preparation, five teams from St Leonard’s College were ready to test their problem-solving, communication, teamwork and creative thinking skills at the Tournament of Minds Regional Finals. Competing against teams from schools including Haileybury, Mentone Grammar, St Michael’s Grammar, Camberwell Grammar, St Kevin’s College, Xavier College and the King David School, four of our five teams earned a first placing. This is a remarkable result and recognises our students as some of the best young problem-solvers in Victoria.
Tournament of Minds is a problem-solving program for students in the primary and secondary years of education. Working in mixed year level teams of seven, students compete in one of four disciplines: Science Technology, Engineering Maths, Language Literature, or Social Sciences. Teams must work within defined limitations to develop an original solution to a problem, and creatively communicate their solution to others in the form of a play.
Participation in Tournament of Minds encourages the development of important life skills including time management, cooperation, creative thinking and problem-solving. The many hours of preparation teams do in the lead up to the competition will be of great benefit in the next round of the tournament, and in their studies and careers in the years to come.
The four St Leonard’s teams who placed first – Primary Science Technology, Primary Engineering Maths, Secondary Language/Literature, and Secondary Social Sciences – will go on to compete in the State Finals at La Trobe University next month.