Well done to all our hardworking Stage 3 mathematicians who took part in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians last term. The program provided students with a series of problems to work through and allowed them to collaborate and discuss strategies in small groups. Congratulations on your effort and enthusiasm completing this challenging challenge! Our commendable achievements are below:
Proficiency: Oscar, Wenyu, Erin, Annabelle, Tayla, Amira and Zali.
Credit: Nashi, Rowan, Addison, Norah C, Callum, Coco, Luisa, Tama, Chloe H and Paige.
Distinction: Dimitri, Isac, Hamish M, Julian, Kynan, Oliver, Henry G and Sam.
A huge thank you to the wonderful Dr Jarad for visiting us today. Jarad has been generously giving his time to come in and share his knowledge and expertise with the OC for many years now and we always love his visits and presentations.
Congratulations to our super mathematicians: Hamish, Coco, Henry, Kynan, Julian and Bobby! Last weekend they enjoyed a maths camp at Myuna Bay thanks to their outstanding achievement of High Distinctions in the 2018 Newcastle Permanent Maths competition. Well done, everyone!
Wooooooooo!!! Today the OC attended a special event at the University of Newcastle – Woo, New & You! We listened to lots of experts in the field of maths, science and STEM, with the highlight being an inspirational talk from Australian of the Year and teaching superstar Eddie Woo. Eddie’s presentation was titled Reimagining Maths and focused on the ideas of mathematics being about playfulness, exploration and teamwork. We got to meet Eddie, who was incredibly generous with his time, and all received a copy of his amazing book Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths!
Congratulations to Chelsea, Emma, Edie & Mika who were joint winners of the Years 5-6 Division of the Statistical Society of Australia’s 2018 National Schools Poster Competition with their investigation and poster entitled ‘Water Works’. Dexter & Noah received Honourable Mentions for their poster ‘When I Grow Up…’ It was such a huge project and all students should be incredibly proud of their hard work.
A huge thank you to the amazing Dr Jarad Martin who visited our class this week to share his wonderful knowledge and expertise in mathematics. Students learnt about Fermi problems and used this technique to work out a range of interesting problems, including how many hairs on the average OC students’ head!
Congratulations to all students in the OC for their outstanding effort and hard work during the APSMO Maths Olympiads and Maths Games programs these past 2 terms. This year there were over 35,000 participants across Australasia, and our class received a High Achievement award for scoring in the top 25% of all teams. These challenging programs require a high level of application and problem solving skills and students should be very proud of their fantastic results.
Maths Games Equal 1st Place: Norah, Ellen, Amie and Hamish Mo (all top 2%) Special mentions to Coco (top 2%); Oliver, Raquel, Dexter, Julian, Luisa, Chelsea, Callum, Jules & Will (top 10%); Emma, Grayson, Edie, Mika, Noah (top 20%); Henry, Annabelle, Fin & Hamish Ma (top 25%)
This term students have worked hard on a major maths project for the Statistical Society of Australia’s National Schools Poster Competition. This project involved students working in teams to create an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical research question. Students began by brainstorming a topic of interest, then formulated a hypothesis to address. Some groups created surveys while others collected data or conducted tests. When the data collection was complete, students used Excel to analyse their data and report their findings. Well done everyone, it has been a tremendous amount of work and I’m very proud of your efforts! A special thank you to Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez from the University of Newcastle for being our mentor for this project.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Australian Maths Competition. There were hundreds of thousands of entrants across the country who participated in this challenging problem solving event. Well done!