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Townsville Grammar wins national final of Schools Business Challenge

Published:31 July 2019

Townsville Grammar School’s Schools Business Challenge national final winners L-R: Alexandra Murdoch, Vrinda Baveja, Fumbi Kazum and Ziying Ni.

Townsville Grammar School has won the national final of the Schools Business Challenge, hosted by CQUniversity on the evening of Tuesday 30 July.

The TGS team of Alexandra Murdoch, Vrinda Baveja, Fumbi Kazum and Ziying Ni triumphed over seven teams across Queensland (and one from Melbourne) after a closely-contested event which was settled by a ‘Who am I?’ tie-break question.

The 2018 SBC National Final winner (St Augustine’s College from the Cairns Region) was the runner-up this year.

All teams competed in the national final from their local CQUniversity campus via a videoconference format.

A total of 32 secondary schools have competed in this year’s Schools Business Challenge, across two rounds.

Participating teams were challenged to correctly answer 10 questions on each of four topic areas: Accounting; Management & Business; Economics & Law; and Current Affairs/General Knowledge.

Each member of the winning team in Round 1 received a $1500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity. In addition, each winning School received a perpetual trophy and a cash prize of $500.

Each member of the winning team of the National Final will receive an additional $2500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity. In addition, the winning School will receive a perpetual trophy and $3000 cash prize and the runner-up school will receive a $1500 cash prize.

Challenge organiser, CQUniversity’s Gordon Stewart said the Challenge was played in the best spirit by all of teams involved.

“It is always a highlight for me to witness the enthusiastic participation of the students in the Challenge as they work together in teams to achieve the best result that they possibly can,” he said.

Dean of Business and Law Professor Lee Di Milia said the fifth annual Schools Business Challenge seemed to be growing increasingly popular.

This year, it includes students from schools across the regions of Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne.

“It started with us contacting schools and now we are in the fortunate position where schools are contacting us and wanting to be involved," he said.

“It suggests that we are doing something positive with the Schools Business Challenge that’s of benefit to schools in our regional areas.

"Once again the Challenge was enjoyed by all the participants and their supporters and the competition was conducted in a friendly spirit.

“The School of Business and Law wants to further develop the thinking and skills of Challenge participants if they choose to undertake tertiary education.

“We are now refocusing some of our courses and units around the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. We want our students to think locally but also globally how they might play a role in solving intractable issues like poverty, equity, clean water and a decent education for all, because these are the challenges that your generation are clearly going to face in the future.”