We encourage our students to participate in many of the external competitions on offer, including the Australian Mathematics Competition run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Math-O-Quest run by the West Australian Mathematical Association. We have been very successful in both these competitions and we are very proud of the girls’ achievements. In particular, several of our students’ Math-O-Quest projects have represented Western Australia and been successful at a national level. In Years 8 and 9, teams of mathematically able students have participated in the internet-based Naturally Mathematical Challenge. The girls meet after school over the semester to work on complex mathematics problems and then submit their answers on-line. Our teams have achieved some outstanding results.
We conduct a Mathematics Camp in Year 8 in conjunction with Hale School and invite our more talented students to spend a weekend extending their mathematical knowledge and understanding. The emphasis of the camp is on problem-solving and the students are exposed to many new routines and algorithms that will be of benefit to them in their future mathematical studies.