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Tournament of the Minds - Language and Literature

Tournament of the Minds – Language and Literature
On Saturday 31st August, 14 year 7 and 8 students competed in the Regional Finals of the Tournament of the Minds competition. This competition is designed to test students’ ability in problem solving across a range of areas including Science, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, SOSE and English. Our students competed in the Language and Literature section as ‘Toolooa Team1’ and ‘Toolooa team 2’.
We had less than 2 weeks to prepare a response to the challenge which was called ‘Who needs words?’ Under the tutelage of Ms Bos and Ms Denman Mills, our teams devised a response which saw them read two novels and recreate two characters from those novels in a unique book suitable for children. The students had to create the book and script a performance as well as justify their response and answer some very difficult questions from the judges.
Students also had to devise a solution to an unseen problem in which they were judged on their creativity, teamwork and communication skills.
‘Toolooa Team 1’ was awarded honours and ‘Toolooa Team 2’ won the competition. Winning teams could be invited to the State Finals in Brisbane; however, this is only the case if the team meets a particular Regional standard. We were thrilled that the judges felt our teams exceeded the Regional standard and invited both teams to Brisbane for the chance to compete at the next level. Of the four Gladstone teams selected to compete in Brisbane, two of them were from Toolooa.
While no team from the Gladstone region progressed through to the National Finals, our teams carried themselves exceptionally well and were competitive against much older and more experienced teams. Our teams had three hours to devise a response to the topic “What-a-matter-poeia?” (a play on the word ‘onomatopoeia’) and an impromptu challenge in which they were asked to name and then justify the three most delicious words in the English language.
These remarkable achievements are the result of a wonderful effort from some very talented students and very committed teachers.
Toolooa Team 1
Emily Ney (year 7)
Danika Hogg (year 7)
Henry Kean (year 7)
Thomas Flint (year 8)
Protim Mir (year 8)
Matilda Moore (year 8)
Atria Rezwan (year 8)
Toolooa Team 2
Gracie Martin (year 7)
Lily Furness (year 7)
Afia Anzum (year 8)
Jasmine Elliott (year 8)
Amy Crook (year 7)
Mickaylah Guidi (year 7)
Jessica Rose (year 8)