SA Mathematics Foundation National Awards honours young minds

The South African Mathematics Foundation’s annual awards function took place at the Krystal Beach Hotel, Gordon’s Bay, recently. Timothy Schlesinger (Rondebosch Boys’ High) was awarded the prize for top senior pupil and Andi Qu (St Johns College) for top junior pupil of the SAMO.

Western Cape once again dominated the evening with 10 national winners, namely Danielle Kleyn (Hoërskool Parel Vallei), Emmanuel Rassou (Panorama Primary School), Jean Weight (Curro Hermanus), Joey Forman (Herzlia High School), Ralph McDougall (Curro Durbanville), Razeen Parker (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Timothy Schlesinger (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Emil Tredoux (Parklands College), Emil van der Walt (Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck) and Adri Wessels (Curro Durbanville).

The other runners-up are Kgaogelo Bopape (Horizon International High School), Rupam Ghosh (British International College), Joel Haggis (Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg), Jessica James (St. Stithians Girls’ College), Yi Lou (St. Peters College), Wisdom Omodiagbe (The Ambassadors College), Faran Steenkamp (Thomas More College),James Louw (Hoërskool Hartbeespoort), Aaron Naidu (Eden College) and Garam Park (Waterford Kamhlaba).

A prize for the best performing pupil and school per quintile for the SAMO was awarded for the first time this year. Lodirile Secondary School in Mogale City, Krugersdorp performed exceptionally well and walked away with the prize for the top performing quintile 2 school, as well as the best junior (Kegomoditswe Seleke) and senior (Anthony Sibambo) quintile 2 pupils. The award to the top performing and best performing quintile 5 school was awarded to Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

Maxwell Pirikisi, Divisional Director of Group Stakeholder Management at Liberty congratulated the pupils who have made top honours in the South African Mathematics Olympiad.  “We would like to encourage these pupils to continue on their journey with dedication and excellence to build positive and lasting legacies regardless of the fields of study they choose to pursue,” he said.

The South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC) for primary schools also awarded prizes to the best performing schools. Sweet Valley Primary walked away with the prize for the best performing quintile 5 and best performing overall school for the 2nd consecutive year.

Other schools which were awarded prizes included Masumpa Primary School (Best Performing Quantile 1), Gontse Primary School (Best Performing Quintile 2), Thembani Primary School (Best Performing Quintile 3) and Kwamondi Primary School (Best Performing Quintile 4).

The SAMF programmes such as the prestigious SAMO are used to select and train learners for international competitions. Approximately 60 of our country’s best young mathematicians will be invited to an Olympiad camp in December at the University of Stellenbosch, thereafter the group will be trimmed down.

The best pupils will be selected to represent South Africa at the 2018 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO).

Credit: Digital Street SA

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