Queensland’s high schools have been battling on the rift all year to crown a 2021 champion, with the final between Mansfield State High School and St Paul’s School now set for July 17.
The two schools have had an excellent run through the competition with Mansfield State High School only dropping one match the entire competition, which happened to be against their finals opposition St Paul’s.
While St Pauls might be Mansfield’s kryptonite, Mansfield State High School teacher Lachlan Stewart is quietly confident in his schools ability to get the job done.
“Both teams are really good! However, Mansfield SHS have great synergy and strategy and will be very competitive. It will be a great game to watch,” he said.
Mansfield State High School’s team current features senior students in their final year of high school who have had to balance the demands of exams with the competition.
‘They are practising but the students are in their final year of school and esports can take a bit of a back seat to retrieval strategies and assessment. The team does get together and practice, and it is mainly facilitated by them.
“They are all running off different schedules, have work commitments and the pressure of their final year. However, they communicate well, and are dedicated to their teammates and make it happen!”
Mansfield have been early adopters of esports highlighting how many schools in Queensland have been leading the charge integrating esports into their extra-curricular activities.
“Mansfield State High School was one of the first schools to participate in esports from this region alongside Forest Lake SHS and Marsden SHS. Forest Lake SHS is leading the way in making esports accessible for Education Queensland Students and we are really pleased to be working with them on this journey.”
But for Mr Stewart, school is more than just learning the curriculum. Esports is giving his kids the opportunity to learn skills, strategies and form closer bonds as a team.
“The love of learning isn’t always just focussed on curriculum and pedagogy. It is still fun to learn about Champions, strategies, etc. It is also great to see students achieving in a different area, working together, problem solving and just having a good time.”
Don’t miss out on this close series between the two best high schools in Queensland, taking place on July 17 at 12:30pm AEST. You can tune in on the META Twitch channel.
If your school is interested in registering for META high school esports competitions find out more at https://metahse.gg/