SMART kids battled it out in the annual schools Tournament of the Minds event in Coffs Harbour on Sunday.
Rarely do both public and private schools compete together in an academic arena, so the competition in maths and engineering, language and literature, social science and applied technology was fierce.
Eager faces at Coffs Harbour Christian Community High School were everywhere to guide 420 competitors from as far afield as Wauchope to find their way around the Bonville campus.
“Tournament of Minds is great for lateral thinking, creative problem solving, teamwork and learning new skills,” said Christian Community High School teacher Deb Searle.
On the first day of Term 3, students across the state were given a challenge in their subject field to prepare a 10-minute drama in response to the challenge.
“The main rule is that kids do everything themselves – you can’t make any suggestions. They have to make their own costumes, but you can teach them to use a sewing machine,” Ms Searle said.
During the regional Tournament of the Minds, all teams in the state are then given the same challenge and four minutes to prepare their team’s response.
Among the local success stories were wins by the host’s high school B team in social science and Dorrigo High School which took out the applied technology challenges.
Honours were awarded to Nambucca Heads Primary School, Dorrigo Primary School, Sawtell’s Mary Help of Christians School, Toormina High School, Bishop Druitt College and John Paul College teams.