Laurieton Public School provided the winning team in the recent North Coast Mathematics Olympiad heats for the Hastings and Mid North Coast section of the competition, held at Kempsey on 3rd September. The Laurieton team came out on top of a group of 8 primary school entries, which included much larger schools such as Tacking Point, Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Kempsey East Public Schools.
The team is shown here, holding the scientific calculators they won for the school.
We are very proud of our two teams, who worked brilliantly over two weeks to produce some impressive mathematical materials and, much more importantly, learning how to work together towards a common goal.
The Maths Olympiad involves teams of students in intensive research and reporting on an environmental issue.
Our students chose endangered species as their issue.
They then had to explain how this issue related to maths, identify associated maths skills, list relevant strands and sub-strands of the NSW Maths Syllabus and present examples demonstrating the group's skills and knowledge of content. Additionally they were involved in other activities which involved changes over time, predictions for the future, how to teach this information to children and the keeping a journal of how they worked mathematically through this process.
The children were judged by a panel of four experts on the quality of their spoken presentation, as well as the materials that they produced in the time leading up to the competition day.
The Laurieton team will now compete in the finals of the North Coast Region competition at Coffs Harbour on 29th September.