STUDENTS with a penchant for mathematics from a number of Catholic primary schools gathered at St Elizabeth's School, Tarragindi, for the annual interschool 'Mathematical Minds' Tournament.
The students, from St Joachim's School, Holland Park; St Agnes School, Mt Gravatt; Mary Immaculate School, Annerley; St Pius X School, Salisbury; St Brendan's School, Moorooka; and St James School, Coorparoo; arrived at St Elizabeth's ready for the day of mathematical challenges that lay ahead.
The tournament, which was open to students in Years 3 to 6, consisted of a Senior and Junior Division.
The excited students participated in a Team Event and a Relay Event and also researched various famous mathematicians who had made a significant contribution to the discipline.
What Year 3 student Ji Jenkins liked most about the tournament was that it was not just the team event and relay, there was also the quiz about famous mathematicians.
“I also enjoyed working with my team to win a prize."
Fellow maths enthusiast Ned Henry said he found the questions challenging and fun.
“The competition definitely stretched my brain," he said.
The event was a culminating activity for students in the Learning Enhancement Program at St Elizabeth's.
Principal Peter Griffin said the competition was a wonderful enrichment opportunity for students who enjoyed a challenge.
“All students are to be commended for their enthusiasm, collaboration and persistence with set challenges," he said.
“It was also a wonderful opportunity for various schools within our parish and local area to visit our school and celebrate mathematical learning.
“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."
Awards for first place in both Junior and Senior divisions were presented at the culmination of the event with both won by teams from St Elizabeth's.
Mr Griffin said interest in the tournament was growing every year.
“What we're doing was building a real sense of community among schools.
“We thank all principals, primary learning leaders, teachers and parents who supported this exciting initiative," he said.
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