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.
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%)
1st Place: Coco (top 2%), Equal 2nd Place: Raquel, Ellen & Amie (top 10%)
Special mentions to Emma, Norah & Julian (top 10%); Hamish Mo, Jules (top 20%); Noah & Grayson (top 25%)
Well done to Julian for receiving this year’s Special Achievement/ Encouragement Award for his outstanding effort and improvement during the program.
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.