TACKING Point Public School is celebrating its cohort of young collaborative thinkers after bringing home a swag of awards at this year's regional round of the hotly contested Tournament of the Minds.
The school entered four teams with the social sciences crew sharing the win with Toormina PS. The remaining three teams - language and literature, STEM and arts - all brought home honours.
All teams were faced with the same challenge and had to curate a play according to the focus areas of their key discipline.
Mason White of the social sciences team Quo Vadis said they adapted elements of the current COVID pandemic to their final entry.
"We had to think of an extraordinary item found by an extraordinary group of people," Mason said.
Their play incorporated politics, current affairs, history and the economy in trading with a ficticious country for the ingredients to a hand sanitiser to beat a virus.
All teams had to develop their entry on an ipad and perform in front a green screen due to restrictions on gatherings and performances.
With the Tournament of the Minds competition an institution at Tacking Point PS the challenges around executing their entry this year were embraced with enthusiasm.
"It was the first time we ever did it like that and we are really proud of what we produced," Mason said.
Teacher Cherry Nelson said the competition is a great opportunity for young people to test their critical thinking, collaborative and communication skills, digital citizenship and engagement.
Meanwhile, four teams from Hastings Secondary College competed in the challenge, with The Other Team winning the high school round of the regional competition.
The Other Team's concept was based on "Good and Evil" and the balance of both in the discipline of social sciences.