Top performers in mathematics competition announced

Maths winnersGosford Public School’s Seoyun Kim (second from left) with the other six Year 6 students that achieved a perfect score and Newcastle Permanent’s, Felicity Laczina

Ten students from Gosford district primary schools have been recognised as the top performers among nearly 20,000 in the 2019 Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition.

In an unprecedented outcome, Gosford Public School’s Seoyun Kim is among seven who all achieved 100 per cent in the 35 question exam, for a share of first place in the Year 6 Division, and was recognised for his achievement at a formal presentation at Hunter Stadium on November 6.

Other high achievers from the Coast included Central Coast Grammar School’s, Drew Baker-Jones, who took out second place in the Year 5 Division, ahead of Gosford Public School’s, Sugha Eum and Mary Tran-Le, who both placed third. Year 6 Gosford Public School students, Zhixing Ding, Ethan Cooney, and Jooha Jeon, and Central Coast Grammar’s, Janine Southwell, all received a District Award, which recognises outstanding results in the exam.

Gosford Public School’s, Max Mohi, and Central Coast Grammar’s, Aiden O’Neill, also picked up District Awards for the Year 5 Division. Newcastle Permanent Chief People Officer, Felicity Laczina, said the annual presentation recognising top achievers of the Maths Competition was a highly anticipated event for those students receiving an award.

“Huge congratulations go to these inspirational students for their excellent work in achieving incredible results in this exam, ” Laczina said.

“The Competition has been encouraging students to become enthusiastic about mathematics since 1981. “The increasing number of schools participating in recent years shows that it continues to be very popular with students, and reinforces the relevance of mathematics in the school curriculum, ” Laczina said.

In August, 19,280 Year 5 and 6 students sat the 35-question exam paper at 335 primary schools. Different to typical tests, the Competition challenges students to complete the exam without using calculators, rulers or geometrical instruments.

Source: Media release, Nov 7 Holly Lambert, Enigma PR