MORE than 750 Year 5 and 6 students across the New England North West flexed their maths muscles on Wednesday as they sat the Newcastle Permanent Primary Schools Mathematics Competition.
Children from Timbumburi Public School, Armidale City Public, Guyra Central and Newling Public School were among 17,500 students from a record 301 schools throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-North Coast, Northern Rivers, North West, New England and Central West regions to take on the 35-question exam.
Timbumburi Public assistant principal and Year 5/6 teacher Andrew McDonald said the competition gave students the opportunity to see how they stacked up against their counterparts and most relished the challenge.
“It’s really a way to give our students who are gifted at maths a chance to extend themselves and see how they compare with other students,” Mr McDonald said.
Students had to rely on their maths and problem-solving skills and were not able to use calculators, rulers or geometrical instruments when sitting the test.
Results will be tallied and announced later this year with high achievers receiving regional awards.