Tournament of Minds 2017

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

On Sunday the 27th of August, 14 PCC students representing their peers in Years 3-6 attended the regional Tournament of Minds at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. One group of 7 completed a Social Science challenge and the other group completed the Language and Literature Challenge. Students spent 6 weeks, predominantly at lunchtimes and morning recess, preparing their responses to these challenges. Both groups also completed the spontaneous challenge – a problem that the group needed to solve with less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Students learnt a lot about time management, team work and creative thinking. They represented the College well in both their responses to the challenges and in their behaviour which was exemplary. Thanks to the parents of all participants for their support throughout.

Wendy Scott and Merryn Watts

Here is a selection of comments from the students, all of whom report that they want to do it all again as part of the 2018 PCC TOM Team:

“I felt really nervous but I know it would be fun because when we practised it was fun.” Bella

“I felt ‘tickled pink’ after the tournament” Faye

“I came to Deakin extremely nervous because I thought our presentation wouldn’t meet expectations. I was confident in the spontaneous challenge but I was frightened about the long term challenge. However, my expectations turned when we received positive feedback from the judges”. Daniel

“I think tournament of the minds is the best experience of my life. I met new friends, had some fun and faced a lot of challenges.” George

“I had a blast. By far the best decision I have ever made.” Josh

“The best moment was when the judges gave us comments” Keerthana


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