St Bernadette’s Catholic PS students get medals for Tournament of Minds efforts


Noah Dugouchet, Jensen Nicoll, Yvette Clifton, Cassidy Gibson, Cameron Sutton, Domenica Soroka, Tori Ziegelaar and Rachel Dalton.
Noah Dugouchet, Jensen Nicoll, Yvette Clifton, Cassidy Gibson, Cameron Sutton, Domenica Soroka, Tori Ziegelaar and Rachel Dalton.

TOURNAMENT of Minds is a fitting name for a competition where students flex their grey matter to solve real world problems.

The latest instalment, held at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup Campus, had years 4 to 6 students from St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School in Port Kennedy receive Honours.

It was an impressive feat for the school’s debut in the internationally-recognised competition.

More than 100 teams participated in the overall competition with about 30 teams in their chosen category of Social Sciences.

The competition aims to develop 21st century skills by fostering enterprise skills, time management and collaborative work skills by asking students to create a play that solves a complex world problem.

Students had six weeks to write, rehearse, and design props and costumes out of recyclable materials without any adult assistance.

This year’s problem looked at overpopulation in the world and bringing different cultures together.

Team members Cassidy Gibson and Rachel Dalton said it was an amazing experience.

“We are going to high school next year so we really hope they let us do the competition again, it was one of the highlights of our year so far,” they said.

The students received their medals at an awards ceremony at Sacred Heart College in September.

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