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The top 100 students from nearly 340 schools have been rewarded with a fun weekend at Myuna Bay.

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018.

The top performers from the 2017 Newcastle Permanent Primary Schools Mathematics Competition were rewarded for their outstanding efforts at this year’s Maths Camp held at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. 

The students, who ranked in the top 100 among more than 18,000 students in last year’s 37th annual competition, were brought together for a two-day intensive camp of workshops, testing their skills in geometry, fractions and triangular numbers in a fun, challenging and social environment. 

The students also took advantage of the camp location, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, enjoying some hiking, low ropes course, mini golf and many other activities. The camp is highly anticipated by students each year.  

Event organiser Merv Curran said the camp was a great opportunity for the students to bond over a common skill.

Four kids at Maths Camp
Alistair Scott, Sagi Liebenson, Paul Sayad from Calrossy Anglican School in Tamworth.

"Eighty five Year 6 students from 43 schools just clicked together so well and enjoyed mathematical problem solving and recreational activities"

Merv Curran

Merv also acknowledged the fierce competition on the Saturday night, as teams of four competed against one another to solve problems in the Maths Relay. 

"For many students they are far and away the best Maths students in their class/year. The camp is a wonderful opportunity to work with other similarly talented students."

Nearly 340 schools from the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, New England, North Coast and Northern Rivers participated in last year’s competition, which challenges students’ math mettle and problem solving skills in a 35-question exam – all without the use of a calculator or other electronic aids. 

The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition is the largest of its kind in Australia and is open to all primary school students in Year 5 and 6 with awards for the winners in each region. Registrations for the competition close Friday, 11 May, 2018. 

More information, past exam papers and answers can be found at

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