Posted on: Thursday 21 June 2018
Posted in: Junior School
Success at the Chess Tournament last week.
Year 1 and 2 students have benefited from playing chess on a weekly basis this term and will continue throughout Term 3 to increase their mental prowess, concentration and memory. Invented more than 1500 years ago in India, Chess is an effective teaching tool as it equally challenges the minds of a range of learners. By integrating chess into the classroom, under the careful instruction of Mr Felix from Gardiner Chess, St Hilda’s girls are provided with a platform to increase focus, patience, develop analytical and visualization skills and think abstractly whilst enjoying themselves with peers. As a result of engaging in this classic game of strategy, students become better critical thinkers, better problem solvers and more independent decision makers. Developing memory, imagination, creativity and self-motivation, Chess is a universal language adding value to the St Hilda’s Curriculum.
Both of our teams finished in the top 5 of their divisions and only narrowly missed out on medals. As individuals, we had some great efforts. Kayla Welsh received a Merit ribbon, Diana Shtengelova from Year 3 received a Bronze medal and Savannah Waller in 6B was undefeated and won the Gold in her division. Savannah had just been moved up a division after the last tournament, so this highlights her rapid improvement this year.
Katherine Holmes (CHECK NAME)