Future Problem Solving

This year we had 26 students from Years 8 to 11 meeting weekly for Future Problem Solving training. On Monday I received the invitations to the National Finals being held on the weekend of 20-22 October at Knox Grammar. Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work and dedication and special congratulations to the girls listed below who will represent Loreto at the National Finals. 

We had six teams and one individual compete in the Global Issues Booklet program. The qualifying topic was Medical Technology. Congratulations to the following girls who have been invited to Nationals:

  • The Year 9 team of Charlotte Greenhalgh, Isabella Greenhalgh, Isabelle Barker, Ella Johnston
  • The Year 8 team of Sophie Earle, Annika Shankar, Molly Haymen and Samantha Barron
  • Swetha Kumar from Year 10 who is competing as an individual

We also had two teams enter the Community Problem Solving competition and both teams have been invited to Nationals.

  • The Year 9 team of Isabella Stewart, Isabella Greenhalgh, Charlotte Greenhalgh have developed a project called ‘My Spine’ where they are looking at the negative implications of carrying heavy school bags and raising awareness and developing creative alternatives to address this issue.
  • The second Community Problem Solving team is Anna Hanselmann and Nitasha Dewan from Year 10. Their project is called ‘Developing Understanding through Communication’ which looks at the issue of the isolation often felt by students with intellectual disabilities and how we as a community can develop better communication between all students to encourage the values of respect, dignity and inclusion.

The Global Issues and Community Problem Solving students will be busy over the next few weeks preparing for Nationals where they will be competing against other teams from around Australia for a place at Internationals in the USA in 2018. The Nationals topic for Global Issues is ‘Identity Theft’.

 We also had three students compete in the Scenario Writing Competition where students are asked to write a futuristic narrative on one of the topics for 2017. Isabella Mincher, Year 10, Isabella Greenhalgh, Year 9, and Charlotte Greenhalgh, Year 9, all competed and did very well. Congratulations to Isabella Greenhalgh who placed sixth in Australia with her story ‘What we don’t know’ based on the topic of ‘Educational Disparities’.

Congratulations also to Tiffany Fong of Year 11 who has been chosen as the NSW recipient of the E Paul Torrance Youth Award for Contribution to Future Problem Solving. Tiffany has been a dedicated assistant coach all year and a keen participant in FPS over many years. She is a worthy recipient of this award.

Thank you also to the coaches and trainee coaches for their ongoing dedication to the girls and the program – Mark Tyler, Zoe Rhone, Monica Watts, Flo Calleya-Jones, Sonia Prees, Erinn McMahon, Michela Pezzi and our student coach, Tiffany Fong.

 

Mrs Robyn Roffey

Future Problem Solving Coordinator