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Competition puts Maths in mind

Principals and students enjoyed the Mathematical Minds enrichment opportunity
offered by St Elizabeth’s School

MATHEMATICAL problems, equations and solutions were on the minds of students vying for top honours at the interschool ‘Mathematical Minds’ Challenge.

The challenge was a culminating activity for students in the Learning Enhancement Program at St Elizabeth’s School, Tarragindi.

Years 3 to 6 students from St Joachim’s School, Holland Park, St Agnes School, Mt Gravatt, and Mary Immaculate School, Annerley, gathered at St Elizabeth’s to take part in the tournament which consisted of a senior and junior division.

The students participated in a team event and a relay event and researched various famous mathematicians who made a significant contribution to the discipline.

St Elizabeth’s Principal Peter Griffin said the challenge was a wonderful enrichment opportunity for students who enjoyed a challenge.

“An event such as this is representative of the culture of excellence that we strive to achieve in our Learning Enhancement Program and from all students in our school.”

“All the students are to be commended for their enthusiasm, collaboration and persistence with set challenges.

“It was also a wonderful opportunity for various schools within our parish and local area to visit our school and celebrate mathematical learning.

Year 5 student Claire McCormack said she enjoyed taking part in the competition and meeting and making new friends.

“Mathematical Minds was a fantastic experience because everyone there was brought together by one thing: their love of Maths,” she said.

“When you work in a team you enjoy it even more and you're motivated to strive to achieve your personal best. 

“Also, it was wonderful to see so many people from other schools interested in this event.”

Awards for first place in both Junior and Senior divisions were presented at the culmination of the event and were won by teams from St Elizabeth’s.

Mr Griffin said the organisers were appreciative of all the teachers and parents who offered their time to support the exciting initiative in what was already proving to be a very busy term.

“The event was indeed a ‘Remarkable Moment’ for each of the schools involved,” he said.

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