Coffs Harbour students excel in 40th annual Maths Competition

Erica Faraq with Daniel Lim.


THE results are in for Newcastle Permanent’s 40th annual Primary School Mathematics Competition and Coffs Harbour students have been named among the top performers across regional NSW.

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The exam saw over 17,500 students across 290 schools put their numeracy and problem solving skills to the test this August with zero 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 four decades on from its inception in 1981.

“The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition has been encouraging students to become enthusiastic about maths for 40 years and it’s great to see this exam continue to challenge the mathematics skills of over 17,500 young students.

“We know this year has been a difficult year for students, teachers and parents but the outstanding results of Coffs Harbour students clearly reflects continued dedication and commitment of many to learn and test themselves despite these external challenges,” Paul said.

Coffs Harbour students recognised for their outstanding achievements include James Quodling and Daniel Lim from Bishop Druitt College.

James won the Year 5 District Award and Daniel won the year 6 District Award.

Newcastle Permanent Branch Manager Lending Coffs Harbour, Erica Farag 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.

“It’s clear these students have an aptitude for maths and we’ll no doubt see big things from them in the future,” Erica Farag said.

The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition is the largest and longest running competition of its kind in Australia.

Over half a million year 5 and 6 students have participated since its inception 40 years ago, providing them with the opportunity to gain invaluable problem solving skills.


Erica Faraq and James Quodling.

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