Along with welcoming new staff Mr Michael Hill and Ms Tayla Harradine to the team, we have spent Term 1 in competition mode. Boys have taken the opportunity to take part in many Mathematics competitions - internal, state-wide and even an international competition. Participation and achievement in these competitions is also allowing boys to earn points for the Wesley Cup, which for the first time includes a Mathematics category.
Internal competitions include a Middle School team competition for Years 8 and 9 and an individual Problem of the Month. The team competition encourages boys to work collaboratively, and they have participated enthusiastically. The Problem of the Month sees boys submitting solutions to challenging problems in Middle and Senior School divisions and has attracted some excellent entries with boys demonstrating efficient and elegant solutions.
The Hamann School Mathematics Competition for Society of Petroleum Engineers is run each year for schools in South Australia and we again had a large number of boys taking part on the 17th March. We anticipate some very strong results again and look forward to the announcement of awards and prizeds in Term 2.
In 1991, two French teachers inspired by the Australian Mathematics Competition decided to start a competition and called it the ‘Kangaroo’ to pay tribute to their Australian friends. Now known as Kangourou sans Frontières, it is one of the largest Mathematics competitions in the world, and a small number of boys from Prince Alfred College sat the competition on the 18th March. Earning a Distinction in this competition were the following boys:
- Deren Yin (Year 7)
- Don Bui (Year 10)
- Anthony Huynh (Year 10)
- Jiarui Zhang (Year 11)
- Luca Barei (Year 12)
Congratulations to all the boys who have embraced challenging themselves mathematically in Term 1 across all the competitions.