The Future Problem Solving Program at Iona in 2015 proved to be highly successful. Iona, as National Champions, represented Australia in 2015 at the International Conference in Iowa, finishing 24th from 57 teams.
Mr John Hughes, once again, has been a very generous sponsor of our students enabling them to have the opportunity to compete against the best in the world. We were so proud to have Mr Hughes address our FPS/ Opti-MINDS Assembly, reminding us of the importance of backing one’s own judgement. At the assembly, Mr Hughes presented our students with certificates, recognising their outstanding achievements. We would like to thank Mr Hughes once again for his support.
Our Year 6 FPS team also competed at National Finals in Brisbane this year. The girls finished 3rd in Australia and were invited to compete at the International Conference 2016 in Michigan, USA. Our MAGIC competitior attained 1st place. A wonderful effort by all the girls!
Not to be outdone, our Opti-MINDS teams also proved that the pursuit of excellence often results in success. Our three teams all made State Finals. Science Engineering received State Honours, and our Language Literature and Social Sciences teams won the State Finals. These two teams were invited to compete at the National Finals in Brisbane. Both teams received Australian Honours and a silver medal for their second place finish. What a great year!