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!
Certificate of Proficiency: Chelsea, Amie, Edie, Noah, Dexter, Zali, Julian, Hamish Ma, Callum, Annabelle & Rowan
Credit: Will (top 40%), Hamish Mo (top 33%), Fin (top 52%), Grayson (top 42%), Emma (top 40%), Coco (top 32%), Kynan (top 40%) & Henry (top 30%)
Distinction: Ellen (top 19%), Oliver (top 18%), Norah (top 13%) and Raquel (top 6%)
Best in School: Raquel – for our school’s highest standardised score.
Well done to all of our Stage 3 students who took part in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics competition last term. Students received their results at yesterday’s assembly and they performed exceptionally well!
Merits (top 45%) – Amira, Rowan, Zali, Luisa, Annabelle, Noah, Dexter, Mika & Edie
Distinctions (top 15%) – Ellen, Amie, Archie, Will, Jules, Fin, Chelsea, Grayson, Callum, Oliver, Norah & Sam
High Distinctions (top scorers – out of c. 10,000 year group participants) – Henry (equal 68th), Hamish Ma (equal 68th), Kynan (equal 124th), Bobby (equal 124th), Coco (equal 124th), Julian (equal 124th), Emma (equal 69th), Raquel (equal 69th) & Hamish Mo (equal 69th).
Every year, Year 5 students who receive a High Distinction, are invited to the annual Maths Camp at Myuna Bay. Congratulations to Hamish Ma, Henry, Bobby, Julian, Coco and Kynan!
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the ICAS competitions this year. Students received their maths results today and should be very proud of their wonderful achievements.
Participation: Amie, Edie, Luisa, Amira (top 49%) & Hamish Ma (top 49%)
Merit: Emma (top 37%) & Fin (top 42%)
Credit: Chelsea (top 32%), Will (top 28%), Jules (top 32%), Noah (top 23%), Ellen (top 23%), Grayson (top 28%), Zali (top 30%), Henry (top 36%), Kynan (top 15%), Julian (top 12%), Annabelle (top 12%), Norah (top 19%) & Callum (top 19%)
Distinction: Rowan (top 9%), Oliver (top 6%), Hamish Mo (top 3%)
High Distinction: Raquel (top 1%) and recipient of the Principal’s Award
A huge thank you to Dr Jarad who paid our class a special visit this week. We worked on some challenging maths problems together and contemplated the size and diameter of the world.
Well done to all our clever mathematicians who took part in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians at the end of 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 hard work completing this challenging challenge! Our super achievements are below:
Proficiency – Zali, Annabelle, Callum & Rowan
Distinctions – Will, Fin, Julian, Archie, Amie, Ellen, Hamish, Oliver, Norah, Hamish, Kynan, Raquel & Emma.
A special mention also to Emma and Raquel who achieved a perfect score!
Earlier this term, students in the OC worked on a film project for this year’s Choose Maths competition. The project involved creating a short 3-5 minute film based on the theme ‘Our World Needs Maths’. Films had to explore this concept and include a mathematical operation/problem and mathematical language. Have a look at their fantastic efforts below!
With the Australian Maths Competition coming up early next term, have a look at the images below courtesy of AMT, and see if you can solve the problems…
Click on the images to enlarge them and post your answers in the comments. Good luck!
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.