WHO has the answer? Mt St Patricks Tournament of Minds team of Marcus Brincat, front centre. L to R Mairead Geary-Eppelstun, L
WHO has the answer? Mt St Patricks Tournament of Minds team of Marcus Brincat, front centre. L to R Mairead Geary-Eppelstun, L

Masterminds earn chance at national final

MURWILLUMBAH'S Mt St Patrick School's social science superstars have won the NSW Tournament of Minds competition for the second consecutive year.

The team of seven, ranging in age from 13 to 16, will%travel to Canberra next month to compete against teams from other states and territories as well as New Zealand and Singapore to%defend their national title.

Tournament of Minds is an Australia-wide program designed to give students the opportunity to participate in creative activities involving stimulating open-ended challenges which demand experimentation and reward divergent thinking.

Mt St Patrick College won the NSW championship of the Tournament of Minds Competition (Social Sciences Division) held in Sydney%earlier this month. The team, comprising%Nikola Core, Jessica Mason and Liam Heyen of Year 10, Dylan Graham and Marcus Brincat, Year 8 and Mairead Geary-Eppelstun and Marnie Booth, Year 7, qualified for the state final by winning the North Coast regional final.

In Sydney, the team competed against 11 other regional finalists from NSW. Mt St Patrick College previously won the Queensland championship and the Australian championship in 2006. Team Captain Nikola Core, 16, said the program helped young people think outside the box and work with a team. "You can learn to analyse different components of a problem and come up with something creative," Nikola said. Mt St Patrick head of social sciences Chris Core said the school was conducting a monster raffle to help fund the national titles trip for the students.

"First prize includes a holiday donated by Dickenson Developments and an Olympus digital camera donated by John Taylor Electrical," Mr Core said.

"There are also many%other prizes donated by our very generous local business community." - NEELIMA CHOAHAN



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