Published on: 22 November 2013

A group of ten Preparatory School boys took part in the inaugural Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) Enrichment Day held at Christ Church last week. The Years 5 and 6 students were invited to take part in the new initiative, which provided a special enrichment session for young mathematicians.

Only 30 students from across Western Australia took part in the event whose invitation was based on their performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). The Christ Church boys included Year 6 students Marcus Handley, Ben Davison-Petch, Will Connell, George Schulz, Tom Rodwell and Patrick Mahony; as well as Year 5 students Ethan Gibson, Joshua Fry, Barnabas Woo and Zachary Ching.

Preparatory Mathematics Co-ordinator Anthea Feaver said Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, who is Executive Director of the AMT and an experienced mathematics teacher and educator, led the enrichment session.

Mrs Feaver said the intensive day included of a variety of activities designed to help young students ‘think mathematically’ with an opportunity to meet other young mathematicians from across the State. “While the mathematical intent was serious, the session was hands-on and fun for the participants,” she said.

In the evening, some of the boys attended the AMT WA Awards Presentation, which were also held at Christ Church in the School Chapel. In the AMC, Zachary Ching, Joshua Fry, Patrick Mahony and Barnabas Woo received Prizes in the upper primary category while Ben Davison-Petch received a Prudence Award.