Taree Public School holds Tournament of Minds shield

Generations of winners: Karen Clark, Robert Crossingham with Milly, Ava and Bayley Read (front row). Photo: supplied

Generations of winners: Karen Clark, Robert Crossingham with Milly, Ava and Bayley Read (front row). Photo: supplied

Taree Public School have been presented with the Tournament of Minds Shield for being the school that had won the most competitions over a 20 year period, five in all.

Tournament of Minds, now an international competition, is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years.

Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from various disciplines. According to Taree Public School teacher Gail Lay, the students opted to participate in the maths engineering discipline.

The school hopes that in future years their students will again find the level of success that the previous teams did.

“It was exciting to see the shield returned to a place of honour,” said Mrs Lay, adding that it brought back many fond memories for a number of the teachers, as well as prior students whose children now attend the school.

This was the scenario for Milly and Bayley Read, whose mother and uncle had both competed successfully in Tournament of Minds in previous years.

It signified the carrying on of a proud Taree Public School family tradition as the grandfather and mother of the two current students also attended the school and went on to become highly respected citizens in the community. Milly and Bayley will be given the opportunity to excel in their own field of interest, with the school providing the support and encouragement at the same level as their mother, uncle, aunt and grandfather received.

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