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Optiminds Success


​Over the past weekend, I accompanied a team of five very talented Year 10 students (Jess Morgan, Haley Tran, Jamie Johns, Kiara Taylor and Zeke Coleman) to the Optiminds state final at UQ. This event saw students from primary and secondary schools from all parts of Queensland (and even some from Western Australia) come together to take part in challenges based on creativity and sustainability.

On the Saturday, all teams were required to present an idea in a huge youth forum that their team believed would help create a future that they would like to see. The Cav Road team developed the Youth Engagement Service, or the Y.E.S. Initiative, an umbrella organisation which would assist in the placement of students into various categories of volunteer work allowing for young people to engage and give back to their community as well as offering a more sustainable system to assist volunteer-run organisations. The team received a lot of positive feedback from both Optiminds officials and their peers and are very keen to continue developing this initiative.

Yesterday, the teams received a new challenge similar in format to the one they received for regionals but rather than having six weeks to formulate a solution, they had three hours. The Cav Road team was one of the youngest in their division going up against other teams mainly made up of Year 11 and 12 students. They did exceptionally well and came runners up in their division receiving honours - they did an amazing job and certainly did themselves and Cav Road very proud.

Kasia Kurylewska
English and Humanities Teacher