Help­ing where it counts

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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.

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