THIRTY Newhaven College students participated in the 2021 Australian Maths Trust competitions recently.

The first, Kangarou sans Frontieres (Kangaroos without borders or KSF), is an international competition designed by two French maths teachers.

Joey Thompson – perfect score!

Each year, more than six million students compete in this competition.

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking.

Middle school students, from left, back, Charlee Ross-Bryant, Froley Anderson, Isaac Savona, Ruwayfi Masum, Joey Thompson, Mackenzie Cameron; middle, Marley Brown, Abby Papas, Isabel Mahon, Jasmine Ruffin, Lara Smyth; and front, Fleur White, Harry Arceo, Jeremy Kelly and Drew Fusinato.

These competitions were a new experience for many students, and they approached the challenges with determination. The students enjoyed the competitions; the excited conversations after each competition was testament to this!

Head of mathematics, Melinda Kelly said: “I am extremely proud of the students’ achievements with several credits and distinctions awarded.”

The college would like to congratulate year 8 student Joey Thompson, who achieved a high distinction in both the KSF and CAT, achieving a perfect score in the CAT, and year 12 student Max Pick, who achieved a distinction in the KSF and a high distinction in the CAT.