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Norville competes at OptiMinds

The OptiMinds team from Norville State School, Cooper Marriott, Josef Baumgartner, Jakob Baumgartner, Max Pickard, Brialey Hohn and Kurt Munckton.
The OptiMinds team from Norville State School, Cooper Marriott, Josef Baumgartner, Jakob Baumgartner, Max Pickard, Brialey Hohn and Kurt Munckton. Mike Knott

NORVILLE State School children showed they had winning spirit after participating in the recent OptiMinds challenge in Brisbane.

A team comprising Josef Baumgartner, Jakob Baumgartner, Cooper Marriott, Brialey Hohn, Kurt Munckton, Max Pickard and Brinley Cottle was one of only eight to win the OptiMinds Spirit award, from the 109 that competed.

Kurt, 10, said the group worked well as a team and enjoyed problem solving.

The students all enjoyed the program and had spent months in preparation.

“I just like it because you get to work as a team,” eight-year-old Josef said.

“Being creative and working as a team is fun.”

The students had to create a machine in only three hours that would knock down tins of tuna. They also had to produce a play and perform it to the judges.

Norville State School head of curriculum Lynley Debney said the students enjoyed the weekend away.

“It was great to see them interact and have fun,” she said.

She said the school had participated in OptiMinds for 18 years, and had a class to prepare students for it.

“At Norville we run a thinkers’ club program,” she said.

“We had between 60 to 70 students look at creative and lateral thinking and performance skills.”

She said it was important for children to take part in OptiMinds.

“It’s so important because it’s an opportunity for children to interact in a group,” she said.

“They learn a lot of other social skills in being in and building a team.”

Shalom Catholic College, Isis District State High School, and Rosedale, Bargara and Moore Park Beach state schools also participated in the event.



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