Best Junior Video
St Matthews Catholic College – NSW
LARA DISHER / ANTHEA KEARINS / RIKEYA ALHOVIRTA / JESSICA NIPPERESS
Where would we be if we wiped out the world’s most influential mathematicians? St Matthews Catholic School go back in time to investigate the impact on healthcare and engineering without the likes of Florence Nightingale and Archimedes as they uncover how historical maths theories have shaped our world today.
Best Intermediate Video
Pass it On
Ferny Grove SHS – QLD
LIAM HEFFERNAN / JACK MOLLOY / HENRY BRUMLER / BEN MORTENSEN
From population growth to cyber security, we as humans are facing some big challenges. Join the students from Ferny Grove who are back again this year to pass on the message that Maths Needs You!
With all original footage, learn how we can solve the problems facing our future with maths.
Best Senior Video
Geelong Grammar – VIC
RYAN SU / JACKY ZHANG / YAO XIAO / FRANK ZHAO
Musicians, Artists, and even the Queen need the help of this Mathematician. Have you ever wondered why your friends friends have more friends than you? Or how some websites get ranked first on Google and others end up on page 46? Join the Mathematician and uncover all this and more… you may even learn how to meet your next soulmate.
Student Excellence Awards
Student Highly Commended Awards
Eagle Junction State School – QLD
With over thirty years in the classroom, Anne-Louise is a passionate and dedicated educator. Specialising in preschool and prep years, she ensures that mathematics is always fun and creative and uses positive experiences to help her students develop their curiosity, inventiveness and persistence, which all contribute to their future successes at school.
Entering Anne-Louise’s classroom is inspiring; she is able to explore and highlight mathematical concepts across all key learning areas, ensuring that maths is seen as part of everything we do.
A strong pedagogical leader, she thrives in mentoring both staff and pre-service teachers by using her extensive subject knowledge to support teachers to improve their own knowledge and practice.
In 2016 Anne-Louise was a key participant in developing the new mathematics program for the school, helping to draft and trial the program in her classroom.
With the motto of ‘practice makes progress’, Anne-Louise’s classroom is a dynamic environment filled with hands-on learning experiences, encouragement and imagination.
Radford College – ACT
Bruce speaks about Mathematics in a way that you might expect someone to speak about an upcoming holiday or the purchase of a new car. The excitement and enthusiasm he has for maths education is infectious.
Relating classroom content to real-world problems, Bruce often takes his classes outside and is always developing creative ways to make his classes exciting for his students.
Through his online blog ‘Authentic Inquiry Maths’ Bruce inspires teachers around the world. He has a passion for equipping new educators with the same energy and enthusiasm and this year has begun lecturing at ACU Canberra campus on mathematical thinking.
Bruce is currently collaborating on the development of a mini-golf course that is based on mathematical concepts in the Canberra region. He is also hoping to develop a playground that encourages mathematical exploration through play. Upon completion, these spaces will help to excite and influence the next generation of young mathematicians.
Tennant Creek High School – NT
A remote Northern Territory school, Tennant Creek High School faces challenges unlike many other parts of Australia. Fiona, however, thrives in a context that requires a high level of flexibility and innovation in delivery.
Her student-centred approach to teaching has seen her design a new approach to mathematics at the school. This year, upon the release of NAPLAN data, TCHS was identified as showing significant growth in numeracy: a direct result of Fiona’s influence on her peers and students.
Actively targeting girls, Fiona aims to increase confidence and attitudes around mathematics. This has had a flow-on effect in other areas of student learning and she is transforming attitudes among the community.
Fiona has introduced a number of new initiatives to increase participation and engagement, including a mathematics club which attracts great interest, particularly with girls.
Springfield Gardens Primary School – Tas
James takes the time to know every child at Springfield Gardens Primary School. He knows where they’re from, their siblings, their parents’ names and their hobbies. It’s this ability to build meaningful relationships that allows him to get the best out of every single child at the school.
Over time, James has established and enhanced a culture of high achievement in mathematics through a number of initiatives, including his annual mathematics challenge and the maths club, which have grown to now see over 30% of the school participating in various maths activities.
Connecting with local high schools, James facilitates teams participating in maths relays that consist mainly of female students, connecting them with older students that are achieving at a high level.
At the forefront of innovation within the Tasmanian education context, he has also developed a numeracy data wall that reflects the progress of students. The concept was so successful, it has now been adopted by the Tasmanian state system.
Campbelltown Performing arts School – NSW
As the Head Teacher of Mathematics, Lorien is a leader who inspires her peers by using new and innovative practices to teach her subject. She goes out of her way to support others and build their confidence to change the way they teach maths.
Instilling a sense of curiosity in all of her students, she has a unique ability to engage students in discussions around ‘I wonder what will happen if…?’ equipping the problem solving skills needed beyond school. A dedicated mentor, Lorien has developed a Mathematics Homework Centre and Mathematics Drop-in Centre for students to access support and tuition to support their learning and engagement.
Lorien has recently led the trial of team teaching for some Year 12 courses. This project has seen teachers co-developing and delivering a course in a flexible learning space. It has provided scope for expert teachers to deliver key components of the course, leveraging both teacher expertise and flexible spaces.
Williamstown North Primary School – VIC
A lifelong learner, Michael brings passion, innovation and excitement to his classrooms. Designing real-word investigations, he is committed to transforming attitudes and the engagement of mathematics in both staff and students.
Michael celebrates the idea that all staff have approaches and strategies worth observing. From this idea, he has established a voluntary peer-observation program where teachers visit other classrooms to observe lessons relating to an area of practice on which they are currently working.
After surveying his year 5/6 students this year, Michael found the attitudes and self-perceptions towards maths troubling, even more so when the results were split along gender lines. He is now working on a collaborative research-practice partnership exploring representations of mathematics in children’s media, with Monash University.
Through Parent Information Evenings and Family Maths Nights, Michael equips parents to consolidate learning at home through engagement with real-life maths, emphasising the importance of a positive approach to mathematics.
Singleton Heights Public School – NSW
Mathematics is truly alive at Singleton Heights Public School thanks to the hard work and passion of Sarah.
Successfully rolling out a number of programs, Sarah is creative and innovative and enthusiastically shares her passion with her peers. She has been instrumental in implementing programs such as ‘Taking off with Numeracy’ (TOWN), ‘Targeting Early Numeracy’ (TEN) and ‘Ninja Numeracy’, which have reinvigorated maths teaching at Singleton Heights. After completing the necessary training herself, Sarah then trained other staff who couldn’t wait to bring their new-found knowledge back into the classroom.
Sarah leads by example by participating in Quality Teaching lessons with a group of colleagues. Her lessons are so inspiring that many of the teachers involved then go on to demonstrate activities to others. This ripple effect, caused by Sarah’s energetic approach, is a testament to her knowledge and leadership at Singleton Heights.