Kenakena Kids Win!

Language Literature Winners Canberra 2013 Airport Greeting-1Young minds from Kapiti school come back with Pacific-Australia title from Canberra contest

By Alan Tristram

A group of primary school children from Kenakena School, Paraparaumu Beach, have flown back home from  Canberra after winning a top award for good thinking.

They won the primary section of the Language and Literature Section at the Canberra ‘Tournament of Minds’ (TOM) and returned home with their medals and a trophy to keep for a year.

Earlier, this team and another from the school won their sections of the New Zealand final of the Tournament of Minds.

Then, through sponsorship and fundraising, the School was able to meet its goal and send the teams to Canberra to  represent New Zealand in the Australasian-Pacific Final.

Over $7000 in sponsorship and fundraising was acquired in a short time to enable the children to compete in Canberra.

The  photograph at right shows the winning team receiving accolades at the prize-giving  in Canberra.Language Literature Winners Canberra 2013

Those in the photo are Mrs Janine McDonald (Kenakena School Teacher and TOM coordinator), Isaac Linstrom, Ella Kirby, Hamish Bolitho, Hannah Reynolds, Sophia Pope, Ella Feaunati.

Principal Bruce McDonald says, ” To have two teams win two of the four available categories in their division at the New Zealand Tournament was fantastic.

“To have one of those two teams come away from the Australasian-Pacific Final with a win was an absolute thrill for the kids, their teachers, parents and the school.”

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem-solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years.

Teams solve challenges from a choice of disciplines:

  • Applied Technology
  • Language Literature
  • Maths Engineering
  • Social Sciences

The Tournament is said to be one of the fastest-growing international school programmes with the involvement of thousands of participants.

Information about the Tournament of Minds can be found at<>.