Kiwi school again tops trans-Tasman maths competition

(Last Updated On: September 6, 2018)

Matific winnersCongratulations to students from TKKM O Te Ara Rima who won top spot in last month’s annual Matific Games.

In fact, New Zealand schools excelled, taking out the top three places – Mission Heights Primary School and Kaniere School were second and third, respectively – and seven were in the top 10.

“We’re delighted at the level of achievement we’ve seen by kids in New Zealand again this year,” said Matific’s Education Expert Brent Hughes. “It’s great to see their enthusiasm ignited during this numerical competition.”

The competition is based on the Matific education resource. During this year’s event, students answered more than 10 million questions in just under two weeks. Winning schools, students and teachers shared a prize pool of $50,000.

“Our concept behind developing the Matific Games was to help get more kids excited in maths by making it enjoyable and inviting, aiding to reduce kids’ maths anxiety but also to improve their maths scores,” added Hughes, a former primary school maths teacher. “The fact that some 70 per cent of teachers said that their students are less anxious about maths after playing Matific, shows just how much we’re helping to change attitudes in a positive way.”

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