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November 2015 Bennies Buzz | 7
The girls competed at the International Future Problem Solving
(FPS) Championships in Iowa, USA in June where they placed
first in the Community Problem Solving - Middle Division.
FPS is a program designed for gifted and talented students
to encourage creative higher order thinking, reasoning and
problem solving. The FPS program was established at MSB in
2006 and has grown steadily each year. Since then the College
has successfully achieved in the top 10%, to be invited to
participate at each national competition across scenario writing,
global issues and community problem solving. MSB has secured
first place in two international world championships in the
Community Problem Solving middle division.
The 2014/2015 team’s project
‘Mind Your Language’
, focused on
educating the College and wider community about the language
used by politicians and the media to describe, and often
demonise, asylum seekers. The girls’ hard work has attracted
the attention of media and UNICEF who have featured them in
one of their educational videos.
The team’s coach, Ms Nina Selvaggi (Head of History at the
College), was in awe of how hard the girls worked towards
their goal,
“This team has met every lunch time for 18 months,
and during the school holidays, not because anyone told them
to but because they had a true passion for their project and a
genuine belief that their work and their goal mattered.”
“Future Problem Solving has taught this team to be solution
focused and to see obstacles as opportunities for creativity.
They have learnt to work as a team, to listen to one another
and be doggedly focused on solving and addressing their
problem. They have learnt that compromise sometimes means
giving your opinion but it not being accepted by the group.”
The team’s most notable events and activities have included
sending letters written by MSB students to Manus Island,
attending and presenting at social justice events, working
with social justice groups at local schools, a mobile art
installation, social media pages, establishing the inaugural
Junior Social Justice Forum, hosting guest speakers with
experience at detention centres, promoting their cause
through mainstream media including guest presenting on
Triple H radio station.
Congratulations to the following girls who are members
of the award winning Year 10 Community Problem
Solving Team: Rebecca Day, Amelia Dunkerley,
Mackensie Eddington, Anthea Jones, Audrey McLachlan,
Lucy Sheppard, Isabella Steen, Sarah Tan and Emma
Tolhurst. A special mention also must go to the
team’s supportive coach – Ms Nina Selvaggi as well
as Mrs Elizabeth Dirckze and Mrs Gail Davey who also
accompanied the girls on their trip.
…they had a true
passion for their
project and a
genuine belief that
their work and their
goal mattered.”
'Mind Your Language'
MSB Girls are Future Problem Solving World Champions
The College is thrilled to announce that their
Year 10 Community Problem Solvers are World Champions!
The team’s display
The girls proudly display their first
place trophy at Iowa State University
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