Year 5 student from Mudgee Public School, Brian Kurtz, has received a District Award in the Year 6 Divisions of the 35th annual Newcastle Permanent Primary Schools Mathematics Competition.
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His High Distinction was the ninth best score in the northern and central west regions.
Brian sat the 35-question exam paper along with almost 18,000 students from schools across the Hunter, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, New England and Central West in August.
Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett congratulated Brian on his achievement.
“Congratulations to Brian for his fantastic work receiving a High Distinction and bringing home a District Award. Brian, his family and the school can be very proud,” Mr Millett said.
“It’s clear Brian has a true gift for mathematics – I’m sure we’ll see great things from him in the years to come.”
Of the other Mudgee Public School students to participate in the competition, Tristan Van Reason, Djer Kenny, Aidan Hargraves and Dominic Lynn, received Distinctions and placed in the top 15 per cent.
Felix Caspar and Connor Van Reason were in the top 30 per cent and received Merit Awards.
“Newcastle Permanent recognises mathematics as a fundamental life skill and the ongoing support from local schools also highlights the importance of numeracy and literacy,” Mr Millett said.
“Since 1981, Newcastle Permanent’s Primary School Mathematics Competition has been encouraging students to become enthusiastic about mathematics, it and the numbers show that it continues to be very popular with students.”
Newcastle Permanent’s Primary School Mathematics Competition challenges students to complete the exam without using calculators, rulers or geometrical instruments.
Participating schools are divided into the Hunter, Northern and Central West regions, with the top-ranking students from each year receiving a shield for their school to recognise the achievement.
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