Tuesday 8 July 2014

Written by Akhilan Manivannan, Junior 1 Higgs, Class of 2015

The annual Think Con games have become a staple of Cempaka culture and this year was no different, as students from both the Damansara and Cheras campuses assembled in Bangsar Village from 1pm until 6pm on the 5th of July to represent their houses all in the spirit of competition. This year’s ThinkCon featured four very popular games including some very familiar mainstays for former participants. The two games played on Day 1 were; the strategy based Settlers of Catan and the football based Subbuteo.

As per usual, the games were held and organised by our very own Cempaka Connect commander Mr Edwin Wong, who was present throughout the event, calling out names of participants and walking around to ensure that the games were proceeding smoothly. With such an opportunistically wide open atmosphere and setting, Mr Wong also undertook the task of promoting the ThinkCon games to the public and was assisted by a group of student volunteers who enthusiastically took shifts partaking in the endeavour. 

Each game was split up into 2 sessions, a 1pm-3pm session and a 3pm-5pm session. The first 5 participants from each game played simultaneously in the first session and the next 5 participants followed suit in the second session. Participants were only required to be at the venue around 30 minutes before their game, leaving students with a bit more freedom to plan their weekend around the event. A select group of teachers were present as well in order to enforce fair play and keep an eye on the event as a whole.

Despite the enjoyable atmosphere, there was a constant, tangible sense of pressure and electricity in the air, particularly around the many house representatives. It is a competition after all, and we all want to win. Despite this however fair play and good sportsmanship was generally exhibited throughout the event and the sight of no sore losers or petty arguments was impressive to witness. Win, lose or draw, the Cempakan spirit was unyielding and ultimately the results weren’t as overwhelming as the exhilarating course of the individual games, in particular Settlers of Catan which in some cases lasted up to 2+ hours. “Never give up” indeed.

Not to be outdone in the intensity of matches played, Table Soccer had crowds gathering around the pitch, especially during the penalty shoot out between Seladang and Beruang. 

All in all, Think-Con did exactly what it was designed to do, and that is challenge students into critical thinking, quick instinctual decision making and strategy developing, some very valuable skills that tend to go unnoticed in schools all over the world and particularly Malaysia. With this event, Cempakans were inspired into absorbing and reproducing these skills and we would be hard-pressed to say that we didn’t have boundless fun along the way. Only time will tell if Mission 2 (inspiring the crowds of passerby-s) was a success as well, but with such a convincing display nothing is impossible. Bring on Day 2!

If you would like to find out more about Settlers of Catan and Subbuteo, please visit http://www.catan.com/ and http://www.subbuteoworld.co.uk/ respectively for more information.

To read about ThinkCon Day 2, click here.
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