Stu­dent has maths ap­peal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

CURTIN Univer­sity stu­dent Han­nah Mast has been named re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 Pen­rhos Col­lege Maths Men­tor Schol­ar­ship.

An­nounced by the school and the Aus­tralian Math­e­mat­i­cal Sciences In­sti­tute (AMSI), the $5000 one-year schol­ar­ship will sup­port Ms Mast as she com­pletes her Grad­u­ate Diploma in Ed­u­ca­tion (Sec­ondary School).

Ms Mast, who also has Bach­e­lors in Sci­ence (Bsc) and in Math­e­mat­ics and Chem­istry, said she was thrilled at her se­lec­tion, which will fast track her teach­ing ca­reer un­der the men­tor­ship of Pen­rhos maths men­tor co-or­di­na­tor Peter Chan­dler.

“I’m so ex­cited to be work­ing with Peter and Pen­rhos; I’m hop­ing to take away the skills to build a pas­sion for and love of math­e­mat­ics in girls all over Aus­tralia and the world,” she said.

Spon­sored us­ing his AMSI Choose Maths Award for Men­tor­ing Girls in Maths, the schol­ar­ship is not only a pass­ing of the ba­ton of sorts for Mr Chan­dler but a chance for him to learn from a new gen­er­a­tion.

“By pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal place­ments to a fu­ture maths teacher, this is a chance to in­spire and men­tor their devel­op­ment as an ed­u­ca­tor,” he said.

“Equally, along the way I hope to learn and ben­e­fit from them.”

Pen­rhos Col­lege prin­ci­pal Meg Melville said she was not sur­prised by Mr Chan­dler’s de­ci­sion to in­vest in a new gen­er­a­tion of maths ed­u­ca­tion, some­thing she saw as a re­flec­tion of his pas­sion for maths and an­other ex­am­ple of his lead­er­ship in the school com­mu­nity.

Maths cap­tain Bronte An­n­ear (17), schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Han­nah Mast (22), co­or­di­na­tor Peter Chan­dler and maths cap­tain Me­gan Petty (16).

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