Helping where it counts
SOME of Southern River College’s most gifted students had the chance to learn from mathematics expert Peter Merrotsy last month.
Part of the University of Western Australia’s graduate school of education, Professor Merrotsy specialises in identifying and assisting academically gifted students.
In his interactive workshop, he worked with a select group of students on their problem-solving and mathematical skills, asking questions like how many handkerchiefs could measure a horse?
Southern River College head of maths Cheryl Andrade said the school wanted to identify potential in at-risk children with high learning abilities.
“Our concern has always been academically abled kids may go unidentified and unrecognised, so we are keen to motivate students who have potential to achieve desired outcomes in their lives,” she said.
“We tapped into Prof Merrotsy’s expertise to help us identify young people.”
Do the math... Professor Peter Merrotsy plus gifted Southern River College students equals success.