Some wonderful results in prestigious Maths competitions.
At the last full school assembly we celebrated the remarkable achievement of Le Yao Zha (pictured below) who won a Bronze Award in the Australian Maths Olympiad. It was a great achievement to be selected to participate as he was one of only 100 students across Australia to gain that honour. When you consider that there are more than 1.5 million students in Australian High Schools … well, you can do the Maths! Winning a Bronze award put him in the top 50 and potentially the top 25 which is like being one person selected at random on Grand Final Day at the MCG. So, we rightly celebrated Le Yao’s achievement and it was great to see the school community’s genuine admiration of Le Yao at that event.
But the news gets better. I am proud to report that we entered our top Maths students in the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition (CAT) and 22 of our boys achieved exceptional results. I look forward to presenting them at our next full-College assembly in Week 7 so I won’t spoil the surprise here but I am thrilled to see that one boy achieved a perfect score and several only got one question out of 15 wrong.
On Tuesday, we had a team of our top 5 Maths students go to the ANU Maths Day, another prestigious event which involves students from the ACT, Southern Highlands and other surrounding regions. They are Le Yao Zha, John Larkin, Tom Charles, Andrew Barr and the school Captain, Symon Miguel Refeurzo. I wish them well and hopefully we will have good news to report about their efforts. With the Australian Maths Competition in August, I look forward to reporting on even more great results for our boys.
Le Yao Zha, Bronze Award, Australian Maths Olympiad being congratulated by Mr Mickleburgh
Ed Mickleburgh (Head of Mathematics)