Calrossy Junior School Student excels in Maths competition

Photo and story courtesy of The Northern Daily Leader

NEW ENGLAND is home to some of the youngest brainiacs in NSW with four local students walking away with top marks in a statewide maths exam.

The annual Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition challenged students to solve equations and problems without the help of calculators, rulers or other mathematical instruments.

But this was no barrier for four local students to show off their skills. 

Year 6 Calrossy Anglican School student, Luke Sayad, was one of four local students who excelled in the competition winning at district level.

As the largest and longest running mathematics competition in the country, for the first time in its 41-year history the maths exam was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Newcastle Permanent manager Adam Power praised the entrants for adapting to new learning arrangements and continuing to produce outstanding work. 

"We're so proud of all our participating New England students, who have performed well despite the many challenges thrown in their way by the pandemic and ongoing restrictions and lockdowns. They all deserve to be celebrated," Mr Power said

"Numeracy skills are so important throughout life, to help navigate everyday jobs such as buying the groceries, though to major milestones like purchasing their first home."

First place winners received a complimentary Newcastle Permanent account with $250, second place winners $150, and third place $100 while District Award winners received $50.

Prizes were presented in person by Newcastle Permanent local branch managers. Pictured is Luke with Head of Calrossy Junior School Claire Dalziel.