At the whole school assembly held recently, on behalf of the College, I was very pleased to receive a Silver Maths Active School award for 2018 from Rachael Whitney-Smith, Executive Officer of the Mathematics Association of WA, in recognition of the work our Mathematics Department under the leadership of Ms Daisy Como are currently undertaking to actively extend students and teachers beyond the normal maths classroom. We continue to strive towards our vision by encouraging students and teachers to engage as critical thinkers, promoting an enjoyment of maths, and by offering many opportunities for students to flourish.
Our first mathematics competition of the year commences this week – the Have Sum Fun competition. This involves teams of Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 students who compete in a quiz night format to solve challenging mathematics problems.
The College will celebrate Pi Day in Maths lessons next Wednesday 14 March. Our students have been challenged to beat last year’s champions who managed to recite Pi correct to 116 decimal places, quite a feat!
Year 8s will also commence their Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) project next week across their Mathematics, Science and Technology lessons. The question for next week is ‘Will it fly?’, with students encouraged to explore different kite shapes, angles and areas during their classes.
We are also excited to launch a Mathematics Problem Solving Club – commencing next Monday 11 March at lunch time in S03. Everyone is invited to come along with their lunch and have some fun solving problems!
With Rice Bowl Day to raise funds for Project Compassion and the fun ‘chilli eating competition’, preparations for the Inter-School A Division Swimming Competition, our Year 7 to 10 students involved in the Southern Associated Schools (SAS) Sporting Association summer sport competition amongst other sporting opportunities, and a range of arts workshops held before and after-school, the holistic education program we provide all our students is alive and well.
Best wishes and God bless
Mrs Caroline Payne