Alstonville Public School maths whizzes (from left) Emily Macdougald, Year 5, Emma Beilken, Year 6, and Chloe Timms.
Alstonville Public School maths whizzes (from left) Emily Macdougald, Year 5, Emma Beilken, Year 6, and Chloe Timms.

Perfect scores sum up pupils' maths prowess

EMMA BEILKEN knows that if she never achieves her goal of becoming a horse breeder when she grows up, she will always have maths to fall back on.

The 11-year-old is just one of 15 Alstonville Public School students who achieved a perfect score in a national maths competition that involved 267 schools.

Emma said she entered the competition last year and achieved seven out of 16, so she was determined to do better this year. “I am really pleased with myself as some of the questions were really hard. I had no idea I would do this well,” she said.

Emma said she wanted to be a professional horse breeder when she grew up as her love for horses was greater than her love for maths.

“I enjoy maths, but I think I will only use it later for everyday tasks and not as a job,” she said.

“My parents are proud of me too, as they know how hard I worked.”

Eleven-year-old Chloe Timms was another student who scored 100 per cent in the test.

“Science is my favourite subject, but now that I'm good at maths it may change,” she said.

Along with the 15 perfect scorers, four students scored distinctions, two students scored credits and nine proficiency certificates were presented during the week.

Thirty-eight Year 5 and Year 6 Alstonville Public School students entered the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians, conducted by the Department of Education, Science and Training, placing the school equal first for Australia and New Zealand.

The school has performed well in the competition over the past eight years and the teachers continue to encourage students to give the test a go.

The test asked students, working in teams of three, to spend three weeks on 16 mathematical problems.



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