In July 2005 Mr Coote, Mr Neubert, Mrs Needham, Mrs Bush along with Mrs Grant from Team Solutions and the principals and teachers from Kauri Park, Birkdale North, St Marys, Birkenhead and Beach Haven schools travelled to Melbourne, Australia to attend the 12th International Conference on Thinking. The conference was held in the Melbourne Convention Centre, located on the Yarra River.
They meet and talked to international experts on the teaching of thinking skills. People such as:
Professor Peter Senge Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions.”
Baroness Susan A. Greenfield, CBE Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Fullerian Professor of Physiology. She has recently received the Michael Faraday medal from the Royal Society for making the most significant contribution to the public understanding of science.
Robert Swartz is a leader in the Critical Thinking movement. He has published widely and produced highly-respected materials for use by teachers and students
Guy Claxton, Visiting Professor of Learning Science at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, is the UK’s foremost expert on learning to learn.
During the trip Mr Coote visited the nearby town of Ballarat and the colonial re-enactment village called Sovereign Hill. The re-enactment of an historical incident from Australian history called the Eureka Stockade gave him the idea for a new Quest to be called ‘Gunfire Stockade.’ This Quest investigates an incident that took place at Pukekohe East during the New Zealand Wars in 1863. He also took photographs of Cooks Cottage. This is the home of the parents of Captain James Cook. The house was purchased by the City of Melbourne and relocated from its original site in England. The photos will be used to provide a background to student using green screen technology during the Quest ‘Aye Aye Captain.’