Fifty students from eight regional schools gathered on Friday at St, Matthews Catholic School to compete in the annual Mathematic Minds Maths Challenge.
With prizes of $750, $500 and $250 available for winning schools in the three Stages ranging from Years 5 and Six Primary to Years 9 and 10 in Secondary, competition was intense. A range of activities which required various maths skills both individually and as teams meant that the students were engaged and also reported that it was “good fun”.
Winning schools in each stage were Stage 3 : St. Mary’s Catholic School, Wellington, Mudgee Public School and Cudgegong Valley Public School, in Stages 4 and 5: St. Johns School, Dubbo, St. Matthews, Mudgee and Mudgee High School.
Prizes were generously donated by Peabody Energy, Yancoal, P&A Engineering and Brindley’s Chartered Accountants. The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Mudgee and the Mathematics Staff at St. Matthews with a BBQ funded by the Mudgee Sunrise Rotary Club and capably cooked by St. Matts students.
President of the Rotary Club of Mudgee, Ross Hearne, said ” It is great to see the mathematicians of our schools gaining public recognition for their skills and to see the standard achieved by the students in this competition. We look forward to continuing to support this worthwhile program in Mudgee with the financial support of sponsors who recognise the long term benefits of encouraging these skills in our students.”