Local students shine in regional NSW maths competition

Five Central Coast students have been named among the top mathematicians across regional NSW in Newcastle Permanent’s 40th annual Primary School Mathematics Competition.

The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition is the largest and longest running competition of its kind in the country, with over 17,500 students from across 290 schools sitting the exam this year.

The exam, undertaken in August, focused on numeracy and problem solving and students were unable to use calculators, rulers or other mathematical instruments.

For the Year 6 Division, Central Coast Grammar School student, Luke Ramirez, took out third place, and Drew Baker-Jones took out second place in the Year 5.

Home school student, Flynn Searle, received third place in the Year 5 division.

Gosford Public School’s Isabella Chan, Sungha Eum and Max Mohi were the Year 6 District Award winners, and Wyong Public School’s Cian Prendergast, and Central Coast Grammar School’s Daniel Zhang, were this year’s Year 5 District Award winners.

Newcastle Permanent’s Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer, Paul Juergens, said it was pleasing to see so many students continue to excel in the exam, four decades on from its inception in 1981.

“We know this year has been a difficult year for students, teachers and parents, but the outstanding results of Central Coast students clearly reflects continued dedication and commitment of many to learn and test themselves despite these external challenges,” Juergens said.

“The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition has been encouraging students to become enthusiastic about maths for 40 years and it’s great to see this exam continue to challenge the mathematics skills of over 17,500 young students.”

Newcastle Permanent’s Central Lakes Regional Manager, Jess Burgoyne, presented the winners with a special award and prize account to acknowledge their achievements.

“I’m very proud to meet and congratulate the bright young people who have shown themselves to be passionate about maths and its everyday application. It’s clear these students have an aptitude for maths and we’ll no doubt see big things from them in the future,” Burgoyne said.

Media release, Nov 20
Newcastle Permanent