Do you know how many minutes are in 210 seconds?
What about how many letters of the word BATH have two lines of symmetry?
It’s questions like these the Newcastle Permanent has been putting to children across regional NSW for decades in its annual Primary School Mathematics Competition.
This year marks 40 years since its inception. During that time, half a million Year 5 and 6 students have participated in the competition and that interest is showing no signs of slowing down.
The exam saw over 17,500 students across 290 schools put their numeracy and problem solving skills to the test this year, with no help from calculators, rulers or other mathematical instruments.
Newcastle Permanent’s Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer, Paul Juergens, said it was pleasing to see so many students continue to excel in the exam since 1981.
“We know this year has been a difficult year for students, teachers and parents but the outstanding results of Newcastle students clearly reflects continued dedication and commitment of many to learn and test themselves despite these external challenges,” Paul said.
Tighes Hill Public School students Dimitri He, Isac Johansson and Wenyu Zhou were celebrated at a prize giving ceremony in Newcastle on Wednesday after taking out first place in the Year 6 division.
Newcastle Permanent’s Chief Technology and Shared Services Officer, Mark Williams, presented the winners with a special award and prize account to acknowledge their achievements.
“I’m very proud to meet and congratulate the bright young people who have shown themselves to be passionate about maths and its everyday application,” he said.
“It’s clear these students have an aptitude for maths and we’ll no doubt see big things from them in the future.”
And if you’re curious, the answers are 3.5 minutes and one letter.