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Opti-Minds Challenge and Drama Club

The Opti-Minds Challenge


In a world where the “facts” change daily, we need to change our thinking! Opti-Minds is the Process of Change….. Opti-Minds is a process of Prevention, rather than damage control. It instils a Proactive mindset of:

 ·       Capability – “Can do!”

·       Responsibility - “If not me – then who?”

·       Creativity and Innovation, and

·       Unashamed Excellence

The Opti-Minds Challenge gives students the opportunity to participate in creative activities and encounter open-ended Challenges, which demand experimentation and foster divergent thinking. The Opti-Minds Challenge looks beyond simple academic achievement to reward the pursuit of excellence.

Teams of five to seven students from differing year levels develop solutions to a challenge over a six-week period. The Challenge is selected from one of three Categories: Language Literature, Science Engineering and Social Sciences.

Each year, approximately 700 teams from 14 regions around Queensland present their solutions at the Regional Events. They are also challenged further by being judged on their responses to a common Spontaneous Challenge.

The team presentations are judged by a panel consisting of educators, members of the scientific and commercial sectors, cultural organisations and representatives of the wider community.

Sherwood State School has participated in the Brisbane West Regional Opti-Minds Challenge for over 20 years and has represented our region at State Championships with great success. Over the years the performances of the Sherwood Opti-Minds teams have been outstanding and the experience gained by our students is invaluable for their future growth and development. 

Sherwood State School will be participating in the much anticipated Opti-Minds Challenge 2017. The Challenge Day for the Brisbane West Region will be on Sunday 27 August at Somerville House. We are hoping to nominate several teams for this very exciting Problem Solving Challenge.​


Head Facilitator

Tracey Morgan


Drama Club

Sherwood State School have established a drama club to foster the creativity and enthusiasm for the art of drama. Each student has the opportunity to develop their performance and drama skills and is encouraged to develop their sense of selfworth and confidence.

The club meets weekly on a Thursday afternoon, from 3.15pm - 4.15pm and is open for students in grades 4 - 7. This club is facilitated by two head coaches who have industry experience and skill developement training.

Head coaches include:

Ms Melissa Van Bael

Ms Tracey Fleming