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Today's youth, tomorrow's leaders
Wednesday, 4 October 2006 Angela Kean
PRIMARY schools around Australia are grooming their students to become the creative thinkers and problem solvers of tomorrow. St Simon Peter School in Western Australia is no exception, with a number of gifted students chosen to participate in a program designed to encourage debate and forward thinking in Australia's youth.
Night view of Melbourne.
Industry-News.net paid a visit to St Simon Peter School to chat with the future leaders and find out what they think of climate change, freedom of speech and Australia's mining boom.
The Industry-News.net audio player is located in the right-hand column. Click on the triangular Play button to listen to the comments immediately, or on Download Audio to download the file to your computer. (9.56 mins)
Year 7 students Karl Prandl, Matthew Haughey, Michael Tierney, Elise Lee and Ashleigh Cole are heading to Melbourne this month to debate the topic of healthcare access with other Australian schools.
The trip is part of the Macquarie Bank Future Problem Solving Program, which is an international competition designed by a psychologist as a learning tool for gifted students.
To make it to the international final this year, St Simon Peter School students must place first or second in the Australian final.
If they are successful they will be invited to attend the international final in the United States.
Teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia will compete in the finals.