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Friday, 17, December 2021

Regional NSW primary school students have excelled in this year’s Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition.

Two students scored a perfect 100 per cent - Charlie Drew, who is in Year 6 at Newcastle East Public School and Angelina Perera, who is in Year 5, at St Laurence's Primary School in Dubbo.

Year 5 and 6 students from 250 Central Coast, Hunter, mid North Coast, North Coast, Northern Rivers, Central West, and New England North West primary schools sat the exam.

Top 7 performers

  • Charlie Drew, Year 6, Newcastle East Public School
  • Angelina Perera, Year 5, St Laurence's Primary School, Dubbo
  • Flynn Coventry-Searle, Year 6, Home schooled at Tuggerah (Central Coast)
  • Phoebe Rankmore, Year 6, Tamworth Public School
  • Brian Zhang, Year 5, Central Coast Grammar School
  • Henry Riddell, Year 5, Newcastle Grammar School
  • Amelia McCallum, Year 5, Jewells Primary School, Lake Macquarie

For the first time in its 41-year history, in response to COVID-19, the exam was held online. Students test their numeracy and problem-solving skills without help from calculators, rulers or other mathematical instruments.

Chief Customer and Product Officer James Cudmore and local branch managers presented a total of 44 Top Performer and District Awards to students. First place winners received a complimentary $250 Newcastle Permanent account, second place winners $150, and third place $100. District Award winners receive $50.

James said it was great to meet students in person to hear their aspirations for the future. He thanked parents and teachers for their support in running the competition online this year.

“There was a lot of maths and science mentioned which is great to see because we know that’s important for the future,” James said.

“Hearing those aspirations and interest in mathematics is why Newcastle Permanent runs the competition,” he said.

CEO Bernadette Inglis congratulated all entrants for challenging themselves and embracing the importance of mathematics in daily life.

“Numeracy skills are so important well beyond school, in fact, they’re life skills,” said Bernadette.

“Numeracy plays a part in getting a job, in managing your household budget and in buying your first home, not to mention the daily problems we solve using maths,” she said.

“Seeing our Hunter-based students perform at such a high level demonstrates the significant number of talented young people within our younger generations. Despite the challenges that lockdowns, restrictions and home schooling presented families, the resilience of our young people shone through.”

She said the Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition has been encouraging students to be enthusiastic about maths for more than 40 years and long may the focus on maths continue.

The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition is the largest and longest running competition of its kind in Australia. More than half a million students have participated since it started in 1981.

Are you smarter than a primary school kid? Check your knowledge against questions from this year’s exam. Remember, no calculators, rulers or other instruments!

Q1. One ice-cream costs $4.50. How much for 7 ice-creams?

    (A) $32.50

    (B) $31.50

    (C) $29.05

    (D) $28.00

Q2. After spending 0.6 of her money, Melissa has $20 left. How much has she spent?

    (A) $8

    (B) $12

    (C) $30

    (D) $50

Q3. A triangle has one angle of 60. We know that one of the other angles is 4 times the size of the third angle. The triangle is:

    (A) obtuse angled

    (B) equilateral

    (C) isosceles

    (D) right angled




    Q1. (B) $31.50

    Q2. (C) $30

    Q3. (A) obtuse angled

Maths Competition winners Amelia McCallum and Charlie Drew being presented with awards by James Cudmore
Amelia McCallum, Charlie Drew and James Cudmore

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