At this site we seek to list and briefly describe the various mathematics
enrichment that is available for High School Students in WA. We also describe the
various mathematics competitions that exist, and how a student may position themselves
so they may be invited to the invitationonly events that are sponsored by the
Australian Mathematics Trust.
It is now a regular event in November of each year for the
Australian Mathematics Trust to present the medals and
certificates for the
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) in each capital city. At the 2010 ceremony,
held in Perth at UWA, Professor Cheryl Praeger, Chair of WA Mathematical Olympiad Committee,
presented the following inspiring slide show, recommended for anyone who was in any doubt of
the importance of mathematics.
Note. We do not charge copyright for any materials on this site, when used
for educational purposes. All we ask is that you acknowledge their source: WAJO
(Western Australian Junior mathematics Olympiad).

PerthAMT2010.pdf
Slideshow of historical figures associated with mathematics,
that you didn't know were mathematicians! ... along with some inspiring
quotes. Also, describes the top Nobellike awards in mathematics. Finally,
our (WA) 2010 School of Excellence invitees are featured.
Updated 22 Nov 2010 03:25
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Quick Links
Heading links (bold and followed by ...) take you lower in the page where the subentries are described more fully.
 At UWA
 Elsewhere
 Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA)
... generally run through schools with materials provided by the
Australian Mathematics Trust.
The enrichment material has six levels, named for famous mathematicians:
Newton, Dirichlet, Euler, Gauss, Noether, Pólya.
Typically, schools start with Euler in Year 8, and continue with Gauss in Year 9
and with Noether in Year 10, though the start of the programme, Newton, is designed
for Years 5 and 6.
If your school doesn't run the programme, try the WA Mathematics Problem Solving Program
run by Dr Norm Hoffman and Ms Noemi Reynolds, currently at Perth Modern School
(see next entry), which starts at the Newton stage.
Norm likes to select students on the basis of results of
the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Western Australian Mathematics Problem Solving Program
... for Year 6 to Year 10 students, running from February to November
Deadline for enrolment: Late September of the previous year

Maths Enrichment (at Curtin University)
... for Year 5 to Year 11 students, held in Terms 2 (May to June) and 3 (July to September)
of the school year.
The Year 10 and 11 parts of the programme are based on parts of Gauss and Noether levels
of MCYA.
Deadline for enrolment: Typically, late April (check their site).
 At UWA
 WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad (WAJO)
 Held on or near the last Saturday in October each year for Year 8 and Year 9 Students.
 The bestperforming students are invited to participate in the
Academy for Young Mathematicians.
 Results and
Solutions for the WAJO
held on 2 November, 2012 are now available.
Good performers in this event have typically been exposed to the Gauss level of MCYA.
 Elsewhere

Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)
... there is a Middle Primary Paper (Years 3 and 4),
Upper Primary Paper (Years 5 and 6), a Junior Paper (Years 7 and 8),
an Intermediate Paper (Years 9 and 10) and a Senior Paper (Years 11 and 12);
held each year around late July or early August
(check AMT Dates);
run through schools.

Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)
... for sufficiently advanced students up to Year 10, held in early August,
run through schools, usually about 2 weeks after the AMC
(check AMT Dates).
Typically, schools invite students who have participated in the MCYA programme at the
school. Good performers have typically reached the Noether level of MCYA.
In WA, it is the principal selection tool for invitations to the Tournament of the Towns.
 Invitation only
 Tournament of the Towns
... typically students are invited on the basis of their result in the AIMO.
In WA, it is used as part of a training strategy for the AMO.
 Senior Mathematics Contest (SMC)
... generally, students have been exposed to Tournament of the Towns, and are invited on the
basis of their results there. Typically, good Year 11 students are invited.
 Australian Mathematics Olympiad (AMO)
... generally, students have been exposed to Tournament of the Towns, and are invited on the
basis of their results there, though students who have been invited to the School of
Excellence are automatically selected.
 Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO)
... invitees have done an AMO and are attending the School of Excellence.
 International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
... invitees have done an AMO and are attending the School of Excellence as a Senior.
In the middle of each year the International Mathematical Olympiad
is held. In 2012, it was held in Mar Del Plata, in Argentina.
Each participating country fields a team of six schoolage students. The
Australian Mathematics Trust run a
School of Excellence in April (in Sydney) and December (in Melbourne) of each year,
in order to prepare students for the event. Each School is an intensive tenday camp, that
interleave lectures, mathematical games, and, of course, practice exams.
Of course, getting to such a camp is by invitation only.
The greatest number of students to be invited to a single School of Excellence,
at least, in recent times, was in 2010, when
four WA students were invited to the School of Excellence, two as Juniors and
two as Seniors. How did they get there, and what might have been their expectations?
To improve the chances of WA students achieving these goals, talented students usually identified
from results in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)
or the WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad (WAJO) are
invited for training sessions for the Tournament of the Towns. From the
above, one can see that to make it all the way, a talented student must be identified as
early as possible. To maximise their chances of being identified, it is recommended that
mathematically talented students first prepare themselves via involvement in the
Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA).


PerthAMT2010.pdf
Slideshow of historical figures associated with mathematics, that you didn't
know were mathematicians! ... along with some inspiring quotes. Also,
describes the top Nobellike awards in mathematics. Finally, our (WA) 2010
School of Excellence invitees are featured.
Updated 22 Nov 2010 03:38
Size: 1128.3 kb

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