Tournament of Minds International Final

Tournament of Minds International Final in Tasmania 2019

This year 3 Pulteney Grammar School teams represented South Australia at the Tournament of Minds International Finals in Tasmania at the University of Tasmania on the 26 October. Our teams consisted of Jasinta Brownbill, Jedda Dadds, Riya Mallampati, Zara Chiera, Samuel Williams, Charlie Grivell and Diesel Kereru (Primary Language Literature); Madison Schubert, Addi Schwartz, Finn Boylen, Lily Koch, Emma Neuhaus, Cameron Hughes and Oscar Mitchell (Secondary Social Science); Daniel Hassan, Hugh Mahoney, Fraser Brion, Lachlan Perry, Thomas Smid, Ross Koutsounis and Riley Brion (Secondary STEM).

Throughout the day, the teams were given three hours to solve a challenge related to their discipline. In this time, the teams needed to solve the problem, make costumes and props, write a narrative and prepare a ten-minute performance to present to a team of judges.

The teams also needed to respond to a spontaneous problem during the three-hour challenge. For the spontaneous challenge, the teams were presented with a problem in which they had four minutes to discuss their response, build on their ideas and then present a creative and divergent response in a one-minute time frame.

We congratulate our 3 teams as they were all awarded Honours; we were the only teams in South Australia to place. We are extremely proud of their efforts and are so pleased that they had this amazing opportunity to be involved in an international event. Having the opportunity to meet students from other states, territories and other countries made it a truly memorable event to be involved in.

I would like to thank the teams for their hard work over the many months and the parents for their support. I would also like to thank Karen Penn who facilitated the Language Literature team and Karen Kurczak for accompanying us and for providing invaluable support and guidance.

Sue Mavropoulos
Tournament of Minds Coordinator and Facilitator
Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher