Future Problem Solving

Future Problem Solving

Global Issues Problem Solving

What a tumultuous but exciting year this has been so far for FPS! So many activities have been forced into lockdown but Future Problem Solving has continued strongly.

Firstly, a huge congratulations to our Year 11 International Global Issues Team consisting of: Ella Donlevy, Emily Stockwell, Georgia Cluff and Charlotte Cluff.

These girls competed at the first ever Virtual International  Competition and placed:

  • 1st in Australia and 10th in the world for their Senior Division Global Issues Problem Solving Booklet on “Terraforming” and
  • 2nd in Australia and 4th in the world for the Presentation of their Action Plan

I am so proud of these girls !  They are critical thinkers, hard workers, very creative and always supportive of each other. They truly deserve this result. When the trip to the US (Boston, Massachusetts and New York) was cancelled due to Covid-19, they were disappointed, but they did not lose their enthusiasm. They threw themselves into virtual training Рthey studied, they practiced, they planned extra training times, they worked collaboratively and had lots of fun. They are true Loreto girls exemplifying resilience and perseverance. They have equalled our previous best placement in Global Issues which was 10th place at Internationals in 2004. Congratulations girls!

The girls have also been coaching younger teams this year and plan to complete in the Term 3 topic – they are unstoppable!

We currently have eleven Global Issues teams training. The topics which were chosen the year before were particularly pertinent for this year. Term 1 was “International Travel”; Term 2 was on “Sleep Patterns” and Term 3 is on “Gamification”.

The girls are all competing for a place at Nationals later in the year¬† where the topic will be “Living in Poverty”. I would also like to thank Akshara Yogesvaran and Gian Ellis-Gannell who are also coaching younger teams this year. We could not manage the program so well without this commitment from our students.

Scenario Writing

Gian Ellis-Gannell Year 12 has recently submitted her very creative and well-written draft Scenario Writing story on De-Extinction and will submit the final story in August following feedback. She will also be competing for a place at Nationals.


You may remember that our Community Problem Solving team, Sophie Earle, Zoe Redwin, Zara Oong and Vivien Li, also qualified to compete at Internationals this year. For a number of reasons, they had to pull out of the competition once it went virtual, but they did a wonderful job on their project “Digital Eyes” and I am sure have learnt much from all the work they did.

Thank you to Mr Tyler for his work with these girls. They are now competing in the Global Issues competition for 2020; another example of adaptability and resilience.

Our students are the first generation of the 21st century and Future Problem Solving is one way we can prepare these students for emerging new realities. The Future Problem Solving Program:

  • Develops the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to adapt to a changing world;
  • Increases awareness of the future;
  • Enhances communication and collaboration; and
  • Utilises an effective creative problem solving model encouraging youth to actively shape their future.

Thank you to all our girls for staying with the program this year and to our coaches Mark Tyler, Philippa Dowers, Hannah Truong, Madeleine McLachlan, Mengya Gu and Michael Rafe, who have all adapted to virtual training and kept the program going.

In Term 4 we begin our Introductory Course for Year 7 and any year groups who would like to give FPS a try.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Future Problem Solving or you may like to look on the FPS Australia website www.fpsp.org.au or the FPS International site www.fpspi.org to find out more.


Ms Robyn Roffey

Future Problem Solving Coordinator