It doesn’t take a maths prodigy to know that 2018 divided by 18,847 doesn’t usually equal 3, but of the 18,847 Year 5 and 6 students who sat the 2018 Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition in August, four shared first place honours.
Leorah Newman from Old Bar Public School , Sam Burke from Tinonee Public School, Jai Clifton from Forster Public School and Quinlan Collins from Gloucester Public School all share Great Lakes District Year 6 Award whilst Lucas Guiney from Forster Public School and Alexander Saville from Tinonee Public School received Great Lakes District Year 5 Award.
Newcastle Permanent chief people officer, Felicity Laczina, said the maths competition presentation was a highlight each year for herself and the students who participate.
“A big congratulations to Leorah, Sam, Jai, Quinlan, Lucas and Alexander for their excellent work taking out the first place award for their respective schools. You, your families and schools can be very proud,” Ms Laczina said.
“I’m very proud to meet and congratulate the bright young people who show themselves to be passionate about maths and its everyday application. It’s clear they have an aptitude for maths and we’ll no doubt see big things from them in the future.”
In August, 18,847 Year 5 and 6 students sat the 35-question exam paper at 316 primary schools within the Hunter, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, New England and Central West regions.
“The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition has been encouraging students to become enthusiastic about mathematics since 1981. The increasing number of schools participating in recent years shows it continues to be very popular with students, and reinforces the relevancy of mathematics in the school curriculum,” Ms Laczina said.
Different to typical tests, Newcastle Permanent’s Primary School Mathematics Competition challenges students to complete the exam without using calculators, rulers or geometrical instruments.
The top 150 Year 5 students are invited to attend an intensive two-day Mathematics Camp in March 2019, where they have the opportunity to hone their skills and meet other students with similar interests and abilities.
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