06 December 2022

Tournament of Minds

Article by Karen Perkins

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an international program designed to give students the opportunity to participate in creative activities involving stimulating, open ended challenges which demand experimentation and reward divergent thinking.

The TOM challenges are not simple, otherwise they would not be ‘challenges’ at all! Working with a group of seven people often provides complications; and working towards a fixed presentation date makes TOM a real-life task.

After two years of doing presentations through a pre-recorded videos, this year we returned to once again experiencing the nervous energy that a live presentation brings. We went to Deakin University in Waurn Ponds where 21 students, their families, friends and siblings were able to enjoy a day of watching the challenges being presented by our college and others in our region.

This year we had 3 teams, the most ever for our college! The students chose to undertake Challenges in STEM, Social Sciences and Arts divisions. In another first, our Social Sciences were crowned as regional winners with team progressing to the state finals in Melbourne. The STEM team were awarded a ‘distinction’ for their high quality, well researched presentation.

Congratulations to all students who participated in Tournament of Minds 2022!


Brianna Brew

Sarah Tolan

Olivia Tolan

Jackson Brotchie

Will Hanley

Fin Hanley

Amelie Anderson

Social Sciences

Tom Galan

Paddy Noble

Stephanie Reynolds

Curtis McCoughtry

Owen McCoughtry

Natasha Oakley

Jade Cowdery

The Arts

Harry Tinker

Max Marriott

Mietta Corby

Jasmine Halliwell

Jeeann Tinij

Olivia Agustsson

Lilliana O’Meara

Karen Perkins | Learning Enhancement Coordinator