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St Paul’s TOM team Vic Champions to compete at 2017 Australasian Pacific finals

Date: September 22, 2017

A group of students from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School will compete at the Tournament of Minds (TOM) 2017 Australasian Pacific finals to be held in Adelaide in late October.

The St Paul’s Junior School Engineering and Mathematics team recently won their division at the Victorian final of TOM and as state champions were invited to represent Victoria and compete in the 2017 Australasian Pacific Finals.

TOM is a problem solving program for Primary and Secondary students that develops diverse skills through open-ended challenges across Science Technology, Language Literature, Engineering Mathematics and Social Sciences disciplines.

TOM encourages teamwork as teams participate in a long term challenge over six weeks to produce a creative and original presentation for a solution to a problem that is unique to their challenge field.

Each presentation is required to be presented in under ten minutes and each team must also complete a short ‘spontaneous challenge’ on the day.

In 2017 TOM became an international event with teams invited from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Africa and Uganda to participate.

Head of St Paul’s Warragul Junior School, Rowan van Raay said “This is an outstanding effort considering we are up against much larger city schools and this showcases the wonderful work we are doing in STEM and Performing Arts across the School.”

The St Paul’s Language Literature team also competed at the State Final after winning their regional division.