If you have ever thought it was possible for the world to be flat and round at the same time, then you have some concept of Tournament of Minds (TOM).
TOM is an international gifted and talented program that is open to all students. A team of seven students from different year groups is given an open-ended and complex problem to solve within six weeks. The students give a 10 minute presentation of their solution which draws on their combined talents and skills and requires them to work cooperatively and imaginatively for six weeks. On the presentation day, they will also be required to complete an impromptu challenge where they will be judged on their teamwork skills and the ingenuity of their response. The beauty of TOM is that each team will reach a solution based on the strengths of the team members.
Each year, the team is looking for new members from students who love to laugh, work in a team and think outside the box. The students solve problems that are fun and dynamic to help create independent, problem-solving and creative thinkers who are ready for a lifetime of developing their strengths and encouraging the best in others.
SJPC has a proud tradition in the TOM program. Under the leadership of Mr Bill van Ryswyk the school can boast one national championship titles, several state titles and numerous regional championships. Since Mr van Ryswyk’s retirement, Linda Gleeson has taken on the role of facilitator.
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6)
St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour