Student success in Maths competition
PLC Sydney has achieved wonderful results in this year’s University of NSW 54th Annual School Mathematics Competition.
Congratulations go to the following students for their amazing effort and results:
Sunny (Xinlu) Xu – Distinction and prize (top 7%)
Cindy (Peiyan) Jiang – Credit certificate (next 13%)
Karry (Keer) Chen – Credit certificate (next 13%).
Tien Tran – Credit certificate
Esther Kang – Credit certificate
Wendy Hu – Credit certificate.
This challenging competition is the first major event on the Mathematics calendar for the school year. Students in Years 8 to 10 compete in the Junior Division and Year 11 in the Senior Division. The competition attracts schools overseas from Singapore, China and other countries in Asia.
The competition involves a three-hour, open book exam. Calculators are permitted and often needed. Students may also use mathematical dictionaries and any other school texts which help them to find a solution. Extra marks are awarded for innovative and imaginative solutions at the discretion of the examiners. It is not the final answer, but the thinking displayed by the candidates, which is the focus of attention.
All girls in our top Mathematics classes in Years 7 to 11 are mentored by Dr Lloyd Dawe (Mathematician in Residence) throughout the year. Dr Dawe enriches the mathematical program in the classes he visits by presenting mathematical material that is beyond the school curriculum. The girls learn new approaches to mathematical problem solving and new content required for a solution. Teachers and students gain an insight into various ways of problem solving at a higher level than required by the NSW curriculum.
Dr Dawe prepared the girls for the UNSW competition through an analysis of past questions that led to the development of mathematical material used in preparation for the competition. Sixty-three girls are to be congratulated for entering the challenging competition.
The girls have been invited to a prestigious presentation ceremony at UNSW on Friday 11 September along with other prize winners, many of them from selective schools.
Above: (from left) Mrs Balkizas, Esther Kang (Year 11), Wendy Hu (Year 11), Xinlu (Sunny) Xu (Year 10), Karry Chen (Year 10), Cindy Jiang (Year 10), and Dr Dawe. Tien Tran (Year 11, absent).