MAKING IT COUNT: St Joseph's School recently took part in the Granite Belt Maths Team Challenge.
MAKING IT COUNT: St Joseph's School recently took part in the Granite Belt Maths Team Challenge. Contributed

Mathletes claim top positions

Granite Belt challenge

THE end of Term 3 saw the culminating activity of our problem-solving program for the Year 5 and 6 students.

After two terms of Maths Olympiads and a month of lunch time practice, 16 students represented St Joseph's School in the primary section of the Granite Belt Maths Team Challenge.

Traditionally St Joseph's students have performed well in this competition. This time was to prove no different with our number one team winning first prize and our second team placed third. Our third team finished in sixth position, just 8 points behind third place.

Well done to all students on your commitment to your ongoing learning and acceptance of the challenge offered. The winning team was made up of Claire Danzey, Claire Williamson, Jacob Hennoste, Clancy Moncada and Sam Ellis. Third place went to Jo Petroccitto, Sophie Brunckhorst, Maggie Gallaway, Freya Creer and Sophie Carmichael.

Other students who competed were Patrick Brown, Taneisha Marino, Sonny Fraguas, Heidi Favaro and Michael Gasparin. Thanks to Monique Wust and Kim Badcock for helping to supervise. Our secondary team also competed in the Year 7 challenge. After finishing second in 2017, our team won by one point. Well done Hannah Widderick, Taylah Organ, Eliza Telfer, Eloise Knight and Sophie Day.

Maths team challenge

ON WEDNESDAY, October 10, 12 St Joseph's students, accompanied by teacher David Fleming and parents, competed in the annual Warwick State High Maths Team Challenge.

This competition really requires the four-member teams to work together to ensure questions are answered accurately but also quickly.

At the end of the second round only 12 points separated the 30 teams in the competition.

The room was really buzzing as the younger Year 4 students joined with their Year 5 team mates solving challenging questions together.

Our number one team of Sophie Brunckhorst, McKayla De Mamiel, Jack Brown and Harry Wren nailed four out of five questions to pull away to win by 10 points.

Our other teams made up of Magnolia Mills, Heidi Favaro, Sophie Carmichel and Eden Shatte and Sonny Fraguas, Liam Telfer, Jayden Green and Jaiden Morello both finished in the top 10 of the competition.

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