Penhros girls take on world at maths

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

A TRIP to Korea for a world maths com­pe­ti­tion added up to a fun time for a group of Penhros Col­lege stu­dents.

Eight stu­dents and math­e­mat­ics teacher Pe­ter Chan­dler went to Seoul for the 7th World Math­e­mat­ics Team Cham­pi­onship from Novem­ber 23 to 27 to com­pete against schools from around the world.

Pen­rhos Year 8 stu­dent Mignon du Plessis said it was an ex­cit­ing and dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for the team.

“The way that peo­ple from other coun­tries pose and an­swer ques­tions was dif­fer­ent from us, which made it more dif­fi­cult,” she said.

“There were a num­ber of rounds in the in­di­vid­ual and team sec­tions and the ques­tions be­came more dif­fi­cult.

“There were a lot of ge­om­e­try and al­ge­bra ques­tions, but they cov­ered all top­ics.”

Mignon said the stu­dents pre­pared a lot for the com­pe­ti­tion through the school’s Maths Men­tor pro­gram.

“We couldn’t pre­pare for all of the com­pe­ti­tion though be­cause the type of ques­tions were noth­ing like we had ex­pe­ri­enced,” she said.

“I think it’s great for all of us to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing dif­fer­ent and it will help us in our stud­ies.”

Mr Chan­dler said the idea was to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and meet new peo­ple while im­prov­ing the stu­dents’ math­e­mat­i­cal knowl­edge.

“It’s the sec­ond year that Pen­rhos Col­lege took part and last year we were the first school from Aus­tralia to take part,” he said.

“The stu­dents took part in in­di­vid­ual and team events and the com­pe­ti­tion en­abled d462855 them to meet peo­ple from around the world. We were able to visit cer­tain sites around the city too, which was ex­cit­ing for the girls.”

The eight girls to take part were Menu Ga­m­age, Gabrielle Thomp­son, Mignon du Plessis, Nikki Bakhtazad, So­phie Mel­som, Bre­anne Archer, Bianca Masters and Jes­sica Prid­geon.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Stu­dents Bianca Masters, Nikki Bakhtazad and Mignon Du Plessis with STEM co-or­di­na­tor Pe­ter Chan­dler.

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