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Bright young mathematician shines in Australasian Olympiad

Date: November 3, 2017    Posted by: Megan Meineke

Ten year old James Luu is a bright young mathematician who continues to shine in the field, receiving top marks in the Australasia Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad placing him in the top one percent in the country.

The Year 6 Sunshine Coast Grammar School student is certainly gifted and been identified in the school’s accelerated learning program for his mathematical and problem solving ability.

Now in its 30th year, the prestigious Olympiad attracts thousands of participates from around Australia and New Zealand and this year was no different with 34,353 registered participants of which James was one of the 498 participants to complete the competition with a perfect score.

The Olympiad focuses on the students’ ability to solve mathematical problems in a creative manner as opposed to simply reaching a solution using a prescribed method.

Head of Learning Enrichment at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Mrs Christine Sawrey said that she was incredibly proud of James’ achievement, he continues to work hard excelling in the classroom and beyond.

“James is currently in Year 5 but when it comes to mathematics, he has been working with our Year 7 classes and is currently at the top of the class,” said Mrs Sawrey.

The school also had two other students receive top scores in the Olympiad, Scye Collen scored in the top ten percent, while Jett Brutnell finished in the top twenty per cent.

“These results really are a true testament to the commitment of our students and quality of teaching programs on offer at the school,” said Mrs Sawrey.

“The Maths Olympiad is an ideal complement to the school curriculum which aims to introduce students to important mathematical concepts, develop flexibility for problem solving, foster creativity and ingenuity and strengthen intuition while stimulating enthusiasm and enjoyment of mathematics.”

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