More than 12,400 students from 159 Hunter region schools will take part in the 2022 Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition this week.
Now in its 42nd year, the competition gives students the chance to apply their numeracy and problem-solving skills to real-life scenarios and illustrate why and how lessons learnt in mathematics can be brought into everyday life.
And there are some great prizes to be won too.
This year, with the world returning to some semblance of normality, Newcastle Permanent is taking the competition back to the classroom after two years of disruption due to COVID-19.
“Our students have shown wonderful resilience to adapt to all the challenges of the last few years,” Kerrie Armstrong, Assistant Principal at Tighes Hill Public School, said.
Newcastle Permanent CEO Bernadette Inglis said moving the exam entirely online in a matter of weeks last year was a challenge, but also brought the opportunity to reach a number of new schools and new students.
“While we’re delighted that the competition, which is now in its 42nd year, will return to the classroom for about 30% of participants, we are also excited to host a large number of students online this year, including a number of new schools and their students,” Bernadette said.
Participating students will be following in the footsteps of Charlie Drew, of Newcastle East Primary School, who last year scored a perfect 100 per cent to take out first place in the Year 6 competition.
The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition will take place the Wednesday, 27 July. For more information visit newcastlepermanent.com.au.