After winning the Regional and National tournaments the team then went on to win the Australasian Finals in the Primary Engineering Maths Division against the other 8 teams who had also qualified for the Finals by winning their state or country competitions.

Tatia Downer said that while the challenge tested the students intellectually, it was their creativity and originality that helped them win.

Janine McDonald attributed their success also to the make-up of the team, with members’ abilities complementing each other’s’.

“As individuals they have different strengths, but put them together and they form a pretty special team. They just clicked and worked brilliantly.”

Sam Edwards said that in the 12 years New Zealand schools had participated in Tournament of Minds, only three schools had progressed to win Australasian Pacific Final titles, with Kenakena being winners twice.

“Their win aside, they were the most wonderful kids to represent the country. They were chatty, bubbly, friendly and a magnet for other teams. They were amazing advocates for Kenakena School and for New Zealand.”

An absolutely stunning success for Kenakena School.

Many thanks to the BOT, teachers and the school community for supporting this programme and helping our students compete in the finals.

We are so proud of the 7 students who represented Kenakena at the TOM finals in Adelaide last weekend.