School students make it count at Maths Olympiad

26/10/2022 | 2 mins

Students from Christ Church Grammar School and Perth Modern School have taken out the top individual and teams prizes in WA’s Maths Olympiad hosted by The University of Western Australia.

The prizes were awarded on the weekend following a competition organised at UWA, which involved almost 500 individual competitors and 116 teams from 25 schools.

Aidan Lim from year nine and Haoyang Jin from year eight at Christ Church Grammar School along with Perth Modern School year eight student Rayden Oliveiro were the top individual winners.

Rayden Oliveiro

Image: Perth Modern School winner Rayden Oliveiro.

The competition, where calculators are banned and the emphasis is on ‘brains only’, aims to identify the top young maths students in the State in years seven, eight and nine.

Associate Professor Alice Devillers from UWA’s School of Physics, Maths and Computing and the WA Junior Maths Olympiad chairperson, said the event helped promote an interest in maths in young teenagers.

“Every year, the Olympiad offers an opportunity for students to solve fun mathematical problems, different from what they do at school, in a competitive but friendly atmosphere,” Associate Professor Devillers said.

“We are very happy with the increasing success of this event and in particular with the number of girls who won individual prizes this year which is significantly higher than in recent years.”

The Jack Bana Award for the Most Outstanding Year Nine Team was won by Kenny Hao, Aidan Lim, Oscar Narvaez and Will Kempson from Christ Church Grammar School and the David McDougall Award for Best Year Eight Team was won by Dharmik Thummala, Caiyan Yu, Rayden Oliveiro and Jayden Yip from Perth Modern School.

Organisers of the event have provided answers to the competition’s questions here.

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Cecile O’Connor  (UWA Media & PR Advisor)        6488 6876

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