Future Problem Solving Tour

Future Problem Solving International Competition and Tour

Year 10 students Charlotte Greenhalgh, Isabella Greenhalgh, Gabriella Sposari and Isabelle Barker have just returned from two weeks in the United States competing at the Future Problem Solving International Competition. Following their success at the Future Problem Solving Nationals last year, the Global Issues Problem Solving Team were invited to compete at the International FPS Competition at the University of Wisconsin  against teams from all over the world. To be offered a place at the International Competition is an amazing achievement and we congratulate them for this accomplishment.

The topic for the competition was Criminal Justice Systems. The girls worked very hard to prepare for the competition with lots of reading and research and they were a delight to coach. Before they left for the US, they had the opportunity to engage in discussion with guest speaker, Mr Peter Muir. Peter has a wealth of expertise and experience in the human services sector and most recently served as the Director General of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Assistant Director General in the Department of Family and Community Services. He now provides consultancy services to government and the not-for-profit sectors in Australia, Vietnam and Malaysia. He was able to give the girls valuable insights into Criminal Justice Systems both in Australia and in other parts of the world. The girls were very engaged and showed great insight into the topic with their questions and involvement in discussion. 

THE TOUR

Minneapolis, Minnesota:

On Saturday 2 June the very excited group flew to Minneapolis where they began their tour with a four-day homestay where the girls were hosted by an American family and enjoyed seeing some of the sites in the area.

“I loved the FPS International Conference trip to the United States! We have become great friends with the family who hosted us in Minnesota and I really enjoyed experiencing everyday life in Minnesota.” – Charlotte

La Crosse, Wisconsin:

The group then flew to Wisconsin to attend the International FPS Conference for four days and represent Loreto Normanhurst and Australia in the competition. They stayed at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse.

“I loved making new friends with people from around the world, the memento exchange and the community aspect of the competition.” – Gabby

Out of 65 teams, the students placed in the top half of the competition which, on a world stage, is very commendable!

Manhattan, New York City:

Following this, the group flew to New York City for four days where they stayed in Manhattan and enjoyed exploring the city. Bike riding in Central Park, Times Square, Ellen Stardust, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), Wall Street, the Staten Island Ferry to view the Statue of Liberty, The Natural History Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, Top of the Rock, the Highline, Chelsea Markets, The Lion King on Broadway and so much more!

“New York was the highlight of the trip for me, particularly going to the top of the Rockefeller Centre at sunset and cycling through Central Park” – Isabella 

“The FPS trip to America was one of the most amazing experiences ever. A couple of my highlights include: The Mall of America in Minnesota, visiting Carlos’ Bakery, going for dinner at Ellen’s Stardust, watching The Lion King the musical on Broadway, and going on a bike tour around Central Park. I also tried a lot of different food, such as corndogs and fried sushi. I’m so thankful to have gone on this trip, it was an amazing learning experience!” – Isabelle

 

On Saturday 16 June the team returned after an amazing time away. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Mark Tyler and Mrs Zoe Rhone for accompanying the girls to America and supporting them throughout the competition and tour. The whole experience was a wonderful opportunity and the girls were excellent representatives for Loreto Normanhurst.

 

Ms Robyn Roffey

Future Problem Solving Coordinator