Sacred Heart College students crowned national champions at Tournament of Minds

Heart College’s winning science technology team: Jack Ducie, Lily Boss-Bailey, Declan Williams, Josh Wilson, Samson Wheeler, Olek Tindall and Jack Bailey.
Heart College’s winning science technology team: Jack Ducie, Lily Boss-Bailey, Declan Williams, Josh Wilson, Samson Wheeler, Olek Tindall and Jack Bailey.

SORRENTO students have been named national champions after competing in the Tournament of Minds against teams from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand in Adelaide last month.

Sacred Heart College’s science technology team included years 7 to 10 students Jack Bailey, Lily Boss-Bailey, Jack Ducie, Olek Tindall, Samson Wheeler, Declan Williams and Josh Wilson who endured regional and state finals before qualifying for the nationals.

The school’s engineering mathematics team also attended the national finals and won honours.

TOM is an Asia Pacific problem-solving program and competition in both primary and secondary schools, which has taken place annually since 1987.

This year, the competition involved 15,000 students across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia and was divided into four disciplines: science technology, engineering mathematics, social sciences and language literature.

Students learn about teamwork, developing creative problem-solving approaches and techniques, taking risks, experimenting and presenting their challenge solution to an audience.

The college had entered eight teams in the regional finals at ECU Joondalup and five of these won places to compete in the state finals.

Sacred Heart head of gifted and talented and TOM director Tanya Atherton said the competition was a highlight of the year.

“I had seen first-hand what my son had gained from TOM and I am in awe every year of how much every participant gets out of the experience,” she said.

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