OTAGO MATHS MAGIC
Over the last 5 months a group of 20 children have been participating in a national maths problem solving competition called the Otago Problem Challenge. While the competition is aimed mainly at year 7 and 8, we have had a dedicated and motivated bunch of year 5 and 6's either entering the competition or participating informally in practice sessions and the problem sets. On Thursday was the last Challenge and over the last 5 challenges the children have been improving their results from an average of 2/5 in the first week to 3.2/5 for this week. In October Challenge Certificates will be presented to the official entrants and other certificates will be presented to the informal participants. Congratulations to the participants for completing a tough competition.
Georgia F, Zakarina O, Tom L, Ruby L, Rian L, Jessie A, Briony S, Trinity S, Tessa H, Benji H, Fraser McC, Daniel L, Zora P, Ngaranoa K-D, Jude R-R, Gwendoline S, Alexanda, Oliver G, Nick and Josh Campbell.
Challenge for parents and whanau - try this problem from this weeks challenge!
A diver has an air-supply tube which is wound onto a reel on board a boat. When the diver is 21m under the sea, 1/12th of the tube is between the sea and the reel, and 2/3rds of the tube is still wound on the reel. What is the maximum depth below the surface that the diver can go? Answer will be on the school web-site in the numeracy section.
PARENTS BOOSTING MATHS
Over 3 weeks at the beginning of term 3, four dedicated parents have worked every day with a group of children to boost their success and achievement in maths, in particular in basic facts and number knowledge.
The group has made significant progress in maths, gained confidence and had a lot of fun playing the games and activities.
We would like to thank Elaine Cooper, Margaret Cantwell, Karen Scholes and Candy Cheung for volunteering their time and effort.
We are hoping to run two groups later this term so if you are interested in training to be a Booster Parent please contact Jane Hossack or come and see me at school.