Twenty five years...
Welcome to another significant year in the history of The Future Problem Solving Program in Australia. It seems only a short time ago that we were celebrating our twentieth year of operation, but somehow that the fact that the Program has grown and developed in such a way as to maintain its vibrancy and relevance in 2013 is even more exciting!
Our twenty-fifth Finals, however, will be until 2014, and it is our current intention to focus our celebrations at that time, when St Leonard’s College, Melbourne will host the finals. Nevertheless, the Committee of Management will be looking at what acknowledgements may be put in place this year, and it is therefore most appropriate that out 2014 Finals will be held in WA, the State which is growing in strength as an FPS community each year. Preparations are currently in full swing for the event in October, and details of what has been planned will be released as soon as they are confirmed.
It may seem remarkable to some that an educational program can maintain such a record in a era of rapid change, but it is testament to the value of what students get from FPS that coaches and schools around the country continue to put their faith into what we offer. To those who are returning, thank you for continued support, and to new FPS coaches, I know that you will find the FPS community to be a welcoming and supportive group for both your students and yourselves.
The continued success of FPS is due, of course, to the commitment and belief of a large number of people, from the members of the National Association, the ‘Committee of Management' or Executive, the various co-ordinators of our learning programs, the members of the various State Committees, and most important of all, the coaches in the many schools around the country who have continued to place their trust in the Program throughout the years.
Our international teams and individuals will be departing shortly for the USA and the International Conference, which will be held at Indiana State University in Bloomington in the first week of June. They have all been preparing with great spirit for the event, and we wish all good fortune and hope that, whatever the results, they enjoy all the buzz and excitement of their time there, including homestay for those who are participating.
In closing, I wish you all the best for your FPS endeavours in 2013, and look forward to seeing many of you at the Finals in October, which will be held at Methodist Ladies' College in Perth in conjunction with the University of Western Australia.
With kind regards
Dr. Niranjan Casinader