Young mathematicians at Matthew Flinders Anglican College enjoyed strong results at the recent Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament in Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, winning five out of the seven divisions contested by 700 students in total.
The 10th annual tournament involved students from Year 6 to Year 12 from 40 schools across the Sunshine Coast and was held at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Wednesday, 30 October and Thursday, 31 October.
The Flinders teams, each with five student members, won the Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 divisions, and achieved second place in the Year 6 division.
Principal Stuart Meade said the College attracted many of the Sunshine Coast’s top mathematicians.
“We are thrilled to support our keen Maths students as they embrace the opportunity to compete at a high level and put their intense study efforts to the test,” Mr Meade said.
“Flinders is all about striving to reach one’s own potential and achieving excellence in learning and life,” he said.
“Our College congratulates these students for their hard work and enthusiasm.
“We also thank our teachers for their work in guiding, challenging and extending our students in the classroom.”
In the Primary School years, students at Flinders develop core and extension skills in Maths with the support of their classroom teachers, a Maths Specialist teacher and a Co-ordinator of Academic Talent, as well as through programs such as Xtra Maths.
In Secondary School, students deepen their Maths knowledge through extension classes, specially run programs and competitions, and an increasingly complex subject choices from Preparatory Mathematics in Year 10 to Specialist Mathematics in more Senior years.
Flinders is also the first school in Queensland to extend its students through the globally-renowned Cambridge International Curriculum, with a class of students from the Middle School Years 7-8 commencing the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics program in July.
This specialist curriculum will see the 16 students involved attempt to extend their Maths knowledge by a full calendar year beyond what they might normally experience in the Australian Curriculum by the end of Year 9.
Image caption: Front Row (Left to right) Year 7 Flinders mathematicians Serena Bond, Mack Hemming, Stanley Wang, Aidan Chumbley, Max Derwin, Derian Ellis. Second Row: Amelie Ram, Landon Cuttill, Hugo Lonergan, Daniel Probert.