This year’s Tournament of Minds International Competition was hosted by TOM’s NT. The tournament culminated twelve months of preparation for this event.

Previously known as the Australian Pacific Finals, the program this year was expanded to international status. The NT hosted primary and secondary school teams from all Australian states and territories. Participating teams from overseas came from Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates.

Interstate and overseas teams arrived onThursday October 11.

The tournament was opened on Friday October 12, with a special welcoming ceremony at the Darwin Convention Centre. The welcome focussed on the ‘Spirit of the NT’ as embodied in the Larakia seasonal calendar.

Part of the opening program included the grouping of students into Larakia weather and climatic seasons. This was to enable their participation in the tournament’s launching.

. The build up season was considered by all primary/secondary language literature (LL) teams.
. Rainy season awareness was offered to primary social science teams
. The monsoon season was studied by secondary social science groups.
. Super grass, goose egg and knock-em down seasons were considered by the primary arts teams.
. Barramundi and bush fruit times were studied by secondary arts teams.
. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) primary teams considered the heavy dew time.
. The big wind season went to STEM secondary teams.

After the opening, participants went on excursions and attended workshops.

Saturday October 12 was competition day at the CDU Casuarina Campus. Teams were allocated rooms to consider challenges and had to prepare their responses within a three hour time frame. The presentations by teams in the competition disciplines, language literature, arts, STEM and social science, then took place in four presentation theatres. Audiences appreciated the imaginative and innovative solutions to problems posed to students.

The presentation of awards took place at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. A table of winning and honours schools is on the TOM’s website at

The event enabled Australian and overseas teams to share intellectual challenges and thoughtful, team focussed solutions to challenging problems. All participants were winners. TOM’s NT delighted in sharing the Territory with visiting teams and their supporters, who will return home with great memories.

Published in  NT Suns on October 23 2018

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