Congratulations to our super KenKen puzzle master, Oliver!
This term in the OC we have been enjoying working on KenKen puzzles (part sudoku, part magic square, part problem solving, totally challenging) as part of our maths homework options.
Last week we found out that KenKen run a challenge twice a term for schools on their blog. We eagerly awaited for the puzzle to be posted at midday and began trying to solve it. The first class to correctly solve the puzzle and email in a screenshot of their work would win a prize pack. We were thrilled to discover that Oliver was the first to correctly solve the challenging puzzle! He will be receiving his prize pack shortly. Well done!
Today we received a special visit from our class mathematician, Dr Jarad Martin. As part of the Mathematicians in Schools program, Jarad has been visiting the OC for many years now, sharing his knowledge, expertise and insight of how maths can be applied in a variety of fields and careers. For our first visit of 2018, Jarad took students through a range of problems, focusing on different problem solving strategies and techniques. We look forward to more visits throughout the year and thank Jarad for sharing his time, enthusiasm and expertise with us.
On Wednesday we had lots of fun taking part in the International World Maths Day competition. The competition measured speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform over a 48 hour period and was open to all schools around the world. The best part was challenging each other – with several students very pleased at beating the teacher! Well done, OC!
We also helped support UNICEF by earning points by answering questions correctly. These points are then into cash and donated to fund UNICEF supported schools in Zimbabwe, bringing education to children in need. What a great reason to be involved!
Earlier this term Stage 3 students took part in the Statistical Society of Australia’s National Schools Poster Competition, which involved students devising a hypothesis, creating surveys, collecting data and analysing and presenting their findings. Today we received some exciting news – 2 of our teams were joint winners!
Congratulations to Chelsea, Blade, Mika, Edie, Ellen and Sam from the Waste Watchers. Congratulations also to Liana, Raquel and Eliza from Reading Right!
A massive thank you to the amazing Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez for introducing this project to us and for being a fabulous mentor!
Today saw the culmination of our annual Thinkfest program! Students showcased their talents, creativity and problem-solving skills at our host school New Lambton South PS. It’s been a huge amount of work: making props, writing scripts, maintaining a visual diary, painting backdrops, having fun and making lots of mess!Our efforts were rewarded today with a win for our English team, Best Visual Diary, Highly Commended for Enthusiasm and Best Backdrop.Our History team received awards for Best Prop and Best Backdrop. Our Maths team received Best Skit Solution and Science also received Best Backdrop.Congratulations to Ember who was recognised as Best ‘Thinkfester’ for her outstanding effort, leadership and contribution to this year’s program. Well done everyone – a terrific result!
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. These challenging programs require a high level of application and problem solving skills and students should be very proud of their fantastic results.
A special mention to Liana for receiving this year’s Special Achievement/ Encouragement Award for her outstanding effort and commitment during the program, and to Noah K who received a Perfect Scorer medal for his amazing result (only 1% of the 31,388 participants achieved this!)
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 throughout the project.
Earlier this year, many of our top Stage 2 and 3 mathematicians took part in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. During the Challenge, both Noah and Oscar achieved perfect scores earning High Distinctions. Last term they embarked on the next stage (Enrichment) of the program, where they worked through a series of complex multi-layered problems. Congratulations to both Noah and Oscar who received their results today – High Distinctions! Well done.