AN Upper Hunter primary school student has been recognised as one of the top performers among nearly 20,000 in the 2019 Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition.
In an unprecedented outcome, Scone Grammar School student Georgina Kimpton is among seven students who achieved 100 per cent in the 35 question exam, for a share of first place in the Year 6 Division and was recognised at a formal presentation on Wednesday, November 6, at Hunter Stadium.
Newcastle Permanent Chief People Officer Felicity Laczina said the annual presentation recognising top achievers of the Maths Competition was a highly anticipated event for those students receiving an award.
"Huge congratulations go to these inspirational students for their excellent work in achieving incredible results in this exam. You, your families and schools can be very proud," Ms Laczina said.
"The Newcastle Permanent Primary School Mathematics Competition has been encouraging students to become enthusiastic about mathematics since 1981.
"The increasing number of schools participating in recent years shows it continues to be very popular with students, and reinforces the relevancy of mathematics in the school curriculum."
In August, 19,280 Year 5 and 6 students sat the 35-question exam paper at 335 primary schools within the Hunter, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, New England and Central West regions.
Different to typical tests, Newcastle Permanent's Primary School Mathematics Competition challenges students to complete the exam without using calculators, rulers or geometrical instruments.
The top 150 Year 5 students are invited to attend an intensive two-day Mathematics Camp in May 2020, where they have the opportunity to hone their skills and meet other students with similar interests and abilities.