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Welcome to the Victorian TOM Home Page for 2018

Key dates for 2018 are listed below. Further information about this year's TOM Program in Victoria has been emailed to all Victorian schools. If you have not received it, please contact the Victorian TOM Office via this website.

School registrations close this week, on Friday 29th June. Team nominations open Friday 13th July and strictly close on 3rd August 2018.

The "2018 Regional Challenge Pack" will be available to download from the TOM Portal to schools that have paid their registration, from Friday 13th July 2018.

Regional Tournaments 2018

  • Central Victoria    La Trobe University Bendigo         - Sat 18th August
  • Metro Central       Deakin University, Burwood          - 18th & 19th August
  • Gippsland              Federation University, Churchill   - Sat 25th August
  • Goulburn Valley   La Trobe University, Shepparton  - Sat 25th August
  • Lilydale                  Mount Lilydale Mercy College     - Sat 25th August
  • Metro Northern     La Trobe Univeristy, Bundoora    - 25th & 26th August
  • Geelong                 Deakin University, Waurn Ponds - Sun 26th August

Victorian Branch Final 2018

  • La Trobe Univeristy, Bundoora - Sunday 9th September
TOM International Final 2018
  • Darwin - Saturday 13th October

Challenge Disciplines for 2018

A new era begins. Introducing the four long-term Challenge disciplines for 2018 we have the new The Arts Challenge together with the STEM super-Challenge to complement the popular Language Literature and Social Sciences. Teams select one Long Term Challenge from the disciplines below. They then work collaboratively, without outside assistance, to prepare their solution. This solution is performed to a panel of judges and an audience, at Regional Tournament Day.

Language Literature - this Challenge asks students to investigate and apply common literary devices and language techniques. This may involve existing or original texts, where texts may be written, spoken or multimodal, and in print or digital forms. 

Social Sciences - this Challenge asks students to explore social issues and aspect of human society. This may include posing moral and ethical questions in a variety of contexts.

STEM - the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles provides an integrated approach for students to deepen their conceptual understanding, and use their creative and critical thinking skills to solve the challenges within an authentic context. There may be additional materials required to create a physical model to help demonstrate the Challenge solution. 

The Arts - this Challenge asks students to research aspects of visual and performing arts and will require students to apply performing arts skills in their solutions. This may involve existing or original works of art, theatre, dance, music and song.

Workshops & Student Incursions

It is recommended that all new teachers and facilitators to TOM, attend an Intro to TOM Workshop. You can register online with 2018 workshop details being available very soon.

Based on the TOM principles of creative thinking and cooperative learning, TOM also offers six Student Incursion modules that can be run at your school to assist you and your students. Incursions can be booked now - as a one-off session or in any combination of sessions. Dates are limited, so book early. Details and costs will be here soon.

Resources

TOM provides other resources to assist you running the TOM Program at your school. This includes USBs or CDs containing past Challenges, and the Resources for Team Facilitators handbook. The order form can be downloaded here.

More information

The Victorian Office is always there to assist and support you to implement the TOM program at your school. We endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours. The best method of contact is by email, as our office is not always attended during business hours. Our contact details are:

Mobile: 0435 326 465
Facebook Group: TOM Facilitators 2018  (for registered school facilitators only)

Australasian Pacific Final 2017 Results

The Victorian Teams performed extremely well at the Australasian Pacific Final at Flinders University in Adelaide on 28th October 2017. All results can be found here. We had eight brilliant teams representing Victoria:

  • Huntingtower School Team 1 - Primary Science Technology   Honours 
  • St Paul’s Anglican Grammar Team 2 - Primary Engineering Mathematics
  • Fyans Park Primary School Team 3 - Primary Language Literature 
  • Yarraville West Primary School Team 2 - Primary Social Sciences   Honours 
  • McKinnon Secondary College Team 5 - Secondary Science Technology
  • Girton Grammar School Team 6 - Secondary Engineering Mathematics
  • Girton Grammar School Team 8 - Secondary Language Literature 
  • Girton Grammar School Team 7 - Secondary Social Sciences

Victorian Final 2017 Results

All teams will receive written feedback from the judges on both their Long Term Presentation and their Spontaneous Challenge. Victorian Final 2017 Results

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