News » National Mathematics Competition SuccessLast updated 9:18 AM on 29 November 2016
Earlier in the year 27 students from our Years 7 and 8 enrichment classes participated in this year's Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition with 60% receiving a credit or higher result.
The CAT Competition is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust, which is a national body that fosters excellence in Mathematics among school students. The competition provides a unique experience for all students. They encounter many problems that require skills beyond the curriculum and is part of the enrichment program in Mathematics at South Sydney High School.
The CAT Competition has a focus on algorithmic thinking; that is, designing a step-by-step approach to solve problems of increasing complexity. This skill relates to computation and can help to identify students who may develop a skill and interest in computer science. As such, the competition helps to foster further interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, which governments and experts identify as a priority for Australia's future.
Special congratulations to Matt Wong from our year 7 Enrichment class. He was one of several thousand students who entered the competition and managed to score a perfect score, earning him a high distinction which places him in the top 2% of students in the junior division. In honour of his achievement, the Australian Mathematics Trust has invited Matt and his family to an Awards Presentation to be held on Friday 11 November. Read about his achievement in the recent article in the Southern Courier here.
Congratulations to the following students:
Matt Wong (Year 7)
Matthew Sanders (Year 7)
Year 7: Jake Aguilar, Cassandra Baker, William Eather, Jessica Hausman, Linh Huynh, Liam Mungovan.
Year 8: Thomas Brander, Lucas Cosstick, Harry Giataganelis, Logan Ingle, Nikki Ketmontri, Antonio Padilla, Lilou Testard, Brendan Wardrop.