Maths fo­cus all adds up

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

YEAR 8 stu­dent Vivi­enne Holt was awarded Pen­rhos Col­lege’s Math­e­ma­ti­cian of the Year award.

The col­lege held its an­nual Maths Night re­cently as part of an ini­tia­tive aimed at main­tain­ing stu­dents’ in­ter­est in sci­ence and math­e­matic sub­jects.

The Maths Men­tor­ing Pro­gram has run for six years and prin­ci­pal Meg Melville said the in­creased in­ter­est in maths among stu­dents could be cred­ited to the pro­gram.

The school had been fo­cus­ing on the ben­e­fits of study­ing math­e­mat­ics and the op­por­tu­ni­ties it could of­fer stu­dents in fu­ture ter­tiary stud­ies.

“It be­gan to cater for one ex­cep­tion­ally gifted stu­dent in 2009 and has now grown in num­ber to 70 at­tend­ing on a weekly ba­sis. Maths Night is just one part of this broader pro­gram.” Mrs Melville said.

Pen­rhos will also in­tro­duce a space camp in 2016, giv­ing stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­tre in Florida.

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