Co-curricular Activities

Tournament of Minds

This team event provides students who have a passion for learning and problem solving the opportunity to develop new skills and demonstrate their talents in a challenging and competitive environment. 

Mercy students who are involved in the six week Tournament of Minds team programme are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • Applied Technology
  • Language Literature
  • Maths Engineering
  • Social Science

The programme offers students a unique, total experience, providing challenge and growth. The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with strategies and skills which will support future success.

Tournament of Minds is one of the fastest growing national inter-school programmes to challenge the youth of Australia and is now expanding internationally.


Our 2013 Maths Engineering team had to construct a building that transformed three times depending on the perspectives of those who view it. They designed a structure which created the silhouette of a cocktail glass, transformed into a love heart and then a bridge to show the developing relationship between two lovers.

The judges were impressed with the conceptual nature and visual metaphor of the structure, and the story which "held it" together.


Our 2013 Language Literature team had to create a solution to the complicated request of putting specified characters from Shakespeare, Dickens, and the Beatles together to create an allegory while reflecting the language of each character's era while demonstrating the moral lesson of each original text.

The girls chose Scrooge Juliet, Eleanor Rigby and (Hey) Jude who all lived in an apartment block, and despite conflict, learned that “love is blind”.

For the spontaneous challenge, students had just five minutes to imagine a location and a scenario which explained how a lollipop, golf club and a face mask were left behind at a venue. The task involved lateral thinking, good listening, piggy-backing of ideas and a strong sense of confidence in presentation skills.

The judges were impressed with the “edgy” energy of the performance, its humor, use of accents and the creative opening.

Both Mercy teams received high commendation for their good team work, creativity and engagement with the task.