School couldn’t be prouder of TOM team

School couldn’t be prouder of TOM team

Hannah Smithson, Briar Lawson, Cindy Roche, Lucy Coulton, Chelsea Rushton, Emma-Kate Larter, and Brie McDonald exploring Adelaide during the Tournament of Minds Australasian Final, where they were representing NSW.

The Tumut Public School Tournament of Minds team have come home empty-handed from the Australasian finals, but Coach Roslyn Castle said the school couldn’t be prouder.

After besting every other school in NSW to represent the state, they were on track on take out their category against the best teams from Australia, Asia, and Africa as well, but unfortunately lost out in the difficult spontaneous challenge section.

Ms Castle said she was still blown away with how the girls performed.

“For their three-hour challenge they were one of the better presented teams,” she said.

“Their performance was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately for the spontaneous challenge, which is an unseen challenge, the girls said they didn’t come up with as creative an idea as they would have hoped.

“But their effort was absolutely incredible. Their acting, the technology that they used – we’re very, very proud of them.”

The team was competing in the ‘Science Technology’ category, representing NSW, and was required to develop a dramatic production in response to a challenge set by the Tournament of Minds regulators.

They also had to respond to a spontaneous challenge, where they were given a question and had four minutes to come up with a creative response.

The category was won by the Western Australian team, and Ms Castle said the camaraderie between the teams was strong.

“The great thing was that they made friends with some of the others, especially the team from New Zealand, and they even gave the Thailand team little good luck postcards.

“They were really well behaved as well, a credit to the school.”

The girls also had an opportunity to sight-see around Adelaide, where the finals were held, and for some of them it was the first time they had ever been on a plane or a train.

The group visited the Rundle Mall, the Adelaide Zoo, and the Torrens River on the Popeye Boat.