The Opti-MINDS State finals were held last weekend, with three of our teams representing the School. All teams placed, with two teams placing First and the third taking Honours.
The teams were given three hours to respond to a challenge, write a script depicting their solution, build costumes and props and rehearse. During this time, they were also given a short spontaneous creative challenge to solve in 10 minutes. They all found out just how short three hours can be!
The Social Science Team, Sienna Askew (9L), Keira Crouch (9G), Dorothy Rae (9G), Vani Ranjan (9G) and Anshika Singh (9R), did an amazing job—with their spontaneous solution being hailed as excellent and far above expectations, and their challenge presentation being creative and thoughtful. They now hold the State title for their division.
The Media team, Isabelle Chiang (8H), Emily Jiang (8B), Stephanie Ku (8B), Ajin Kyoung (8H) and Amelia Loye (8H), took out their division with a spectacular piece on reimagining Little Red Riding Hood with the wolf being misrepresented. They, too, hold the State title for their division.
In the Language Literature category, we were represented by Meg Ellem (7B), Anna Hodge (7L), Anna Liu (7B), Sarah McDonald (7H) and Millie Wenham (7L). Their representation of a world where a PUNdemic had taken hold was entertaining and very well executed. They receive Honours in their division.
All the girls embodied what we have come to expect from Grammar girls. With little to no input from me, they rose to the challenge, used their creativity and built a team they could rely on. The girls worked independently and with a clear purpose in mind, and at the end of the day, produced a piece of work that we could all be proud of. Congratulations Opti-MINDS teams.
Mrs Hazel Boltman
Head of Gibson House