Maths Challenge for Young Australians

Over the last few years, we have been encouraging students who have a particular interest in maths to take part in the Australian Mathematics Competition.  This year, we would like to offer some extra extension activities for our students to take part in.  One of these is the Maths Challenge for Young Australians.

The aims of the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians include:

  • Encouraging and fostering:
    • a greater interest in and awareness of the power of mathematics;
    • a desire to succeed in solving interesting mathematical problems; and
    • the discovery of the joy of solving problems in mathematics.
  • Identifying talented young Australians, recognising their achievements nationally and providing support that will enable them to reach their own levels of excellence.

Challenge Stage

The Challenge Stage (held during a consecutive 3-weeks in March/April) comprises four problems for those in the primary schools and six problems for the secondary school versions. All but two of the problems are to be attempted individually while the other two problems can be discussed in pairs before individual submission of solutions. There are separate problem sets for Middle Primary (Year 3-4), Upper Primary (Year 5-6), Junior (Year 7-8) and Intermediate (Year 9-10) students.

The cost of this program is about $18.  Please talk to your children about whether they would like to take part in this challenge – keeping in mind that it would be done mainly at home.  Notes with more information will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.  If you have any questions, do email me or call and leave a message and I’ll get back to you.

Jacinta Walker


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