Once again, this year CHAC has enjoyed a high level of success at the Opti-MINDS Regional Competition, fielding our largest number of teams ever and coming away with two First-places and three Honours Awards (runner-up). Opti-MINDS is a creative collaborative problem-solving activity that extends students in terms of their capacity to think laterally and generate original ideas, and organise themselves independently over the six-week period of the challenge. This year was CHAC’s 20th successive year of involvement in the competition.
Eight teams of students from Years 7 to 11 participated in the competition across three categories – Science and Engineering, Language and Literature, and Social Science – and produced highly creative and engaging dramatic presentations to the judging panels. Our teams’ presentations were characterised by their high level of creativity, excellent scripts and by the fact that students were clearly enjoying their involvement. There were parodies of La Vida Loca (along with funky moves), modernised versions of Matilda, Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull from the much-loved novel Matilda, dastardly plots to destroy environmental sustainability by members of the Topi Topi tribe, and much more. Everywhere, there were also smiling and laughing College students.
The two teams which won their Regional category were:
- The Google Gals: Charlotte Blacker, Alice Dagwell, Libby Elliott, Jasmine Balfour, Leila O’Brien, Sarah Findlay and Rebecca Swift
- The Recycle Disciples: Isaac Reed, Maxi Mossman, Jordan Ryan, Ella Blacker, James Wilke, Emily Smith and Liana Davies.
Honours went to:
- The Croissant Crew: Lily Chippendale, Liley Smith, Sam Detaille, Oliver Cameron, Charlie Fraser and Alec Wills
- The Anderson Janes: Sierra Mossman, Jacques Dennison, Izzy Tame, Amy Harvey, Izaak Taylor and Lily Smith
- Clueless: Penny Spears, Gaby Bishop, Hannah Schultz, Alyza Jeffery, Juliet Munro and Italia Rees.
A sincere thank-you to the coaches who gave of their time and energy to facilitate the involvement of so many students this year: Mrs Horton, Mrs Baiada, Miss Hatchman, Mr Bates, Mrs Barnett and Year 10 student and Opti-MINDS veteran, Edie Biasibetti.
We wish our two winning teams all the best as they proceed to the State and National Final in Brisbane in October. May the Opti-Spirit go with you!
Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Education