Tournament of Minds Social Science team members from Modanville Public School.
Tournament of Minds Social Science team members from Modanville Public School. The Northern Star

Kids the masters of the mind game

MODANVILLE Public School has been named the 2008 State Tournament of Minds Social Science Champions, with the team now advancing to the finals in Melbourne next month.

The school entered Social Science and Applied Technology teams in the problem-solving competition at Southern Cross University, with both teams advancing to the State finals at the University of NSW in Sydney on September 13.

Principal Jim McCormack said both teams were very competitive, with the Social Science team advancing to the next level.

“The kids will now compete at the Australasian and Pacific Finals at La Trobe University in Melbourne on October 25,” he said.

“We are now desperately fundraising to send the seven team members and their facilitator to Melbourne to compete against the winning teams from across Australia, as well as New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Mr McCormack voiced pride in the performances of both teams and associated staff members. Modanville is the smallest school to have a team advance to the State finals, let alone two teams.

The Social Science team will go into 'lock down' over the holidays to practice for the final. Anyone wishing to help the students get to Melbourne can contact Kathy on 6628 2178 or Karen on 0408 895 230.

The tournament's aim is to enhance the potential of primary and high school students by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

The four contest categories are Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Sciences.



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