|4 Nov 2021|
Future Problem Solving, like everything else during the pandemic, has taken on a different form to previous years, but I have been so impressed with the way our girls have adjusted to online training and competitions. They have been flexible, resilient and shown real perseverance and their effort has been rewarded with some excellent results.
Firstly, I want to give a special mention to our Year 12 Global Issues Team, Vivien Li, Sophie Earle, Zoe Redwin and Zara Oong who were invited to compete at the International FPS Competition based on their results in 2020. Although, they could not travel to America in June, they competed virtually placing 20th in the world for their booklet on Neurotechnology and they are to be congratulated for this.
In 2021 we had 52 students across a range of year groups participate in the Global Issues Problem Solving Competition on the topics of Youth in Competitive Sports, Wearable Technology, Human Environmental Impact and Personalised Medicine. The girls threw themselves into training both at school then online showing they are true Loreto girls with their wonderful skills of collaboration, their ability to think critically and their ongoing commitment to the program.
I want to say a huge thank you to the staff coaches Mr Tyler, Ms Nairn, Mr Napper, Ms Lloyd and Ms Patchell and the amazing Year 12 coaches Georgia Cluff, Charlotte Cluff, Emily Stockwell, Ella Donlevy, Sophie Earle and Zoe Redwin. The program could not have continued without everyone’s support and commitment.
The following girls are to be congratulated for making it through to the National Finals:
These girls had the opportunity to compete against the best teams and individuals in Australia on the topic of Personalised Medicine. This is where the unique genetic information of each person along with environmental factors are taken into consideration in order to offer personalised treatment of medical conditions rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. It can also be used to predict future medical issues and offer treatment before symptoms occur which creates a whole new set of dilemmas to work through. On October 15, we Zoomed in for the opening ceremony and most of the schools across Australia competed at their own schools or via Zoom and submitted the work online. The parents of our FPS students supervised the competition under strict conditions, and I am very thankful for their willingness and commitment. It was great to have so many people at home share in the FPS journey with the girls.
Congratulations to the Year 9 Global Issues Team of Avery, Kayla, Josie and Lauren who made it through to the final eight in the Middle Division of the Action Plan Presentation. Although they did not place, they certainly had to do some problem solving to present their final solution over Zoom while they were all in different places. The Award Ceremony was held via Zoom on October 22, and I would like to congratulate the following girls for placing at Nationals in the Global Issues Competition:
This term we began the Year 7 FPS Introductory Course. Twenty Seven Year 7 students have now started their FPS journey and have already shown what amazing thinkers they are. We look forward to what the new year brings. Thank you all and congratulations!
Mrs Robyn Roffey
Future Problem Solving Coordinator