Thalia Isaac’s maths distinction01/11/2018
During Semester 1, our students at Coolock all participated in the Maths Talent Quest as a regular session each week during their Mathematics classes. Many excellent ideas were pondered by students and the best final projects for each class were put together for judging during the last week of Term 2. The judging panel of Mr Turner, Mr Edwards, Mrs Giblin and Mrs Lichnovsky deemed that seventeen of these projects across Years 7, 8 and 9 were the cream of the crop. These seventeen were entered into the state-wide competition and received excellent results, with one distinction and the remainder credits.
On Thursday 25 October, I had the pleasure of attending the presentation ceremony at La Trobe University, Bundoora, to see Tahlia Isaac receive an award for her project. Tahlia was one of three students in Year 8 from Victoria to receive a distinction for her efforts. Her project was based on the maths involved in designing/landscaping her front and back yard. She was able to clearly demonstrate various math concepts throughout her project and used mathematical language and diagrams to help explain her findings. Her ability to apply the wide variety of maths involved in her real-world project in a clear and easily understandable manner was excellent.
I look forward to seeing what students come up with next year and encourage all students to begin thinking about what they could possibly investigate next year, so they all have an area to explore that will truly engage.
Ms Sue Hadlow, Mathematics Facilitator
Maths Talent Quest 2018, Mathematical Association of Victoria
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