What do you get when you mix a bunch of primary schools, a high school, a few community-minded organisations and maths? The twice yearly Maths Deadlys!
This was the Fifth Maths Deadlys to be held, with Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services partnering with services such as School Industry Partnership and Cranebrook High School. Cranebrook High School students and Teachers run the event with NCNS staff assisting on the day. Players from Penrith Panthers joined in for some fun, and we had representatives from the Defence Force also helping out.
Seven Primary Schools from the local area sent teams of four children to compete in a variety of maths games. In the lead up to the event, the teams prepare for the challenges, coming up with team names and posters, and practicing hard.
Aimed at making maths fun, the Maths Deadlys help Aboriginal kids learn by teaching them in different ways, rather than just out of a text book. The teams work hard to complete each challenge, including problem solving, navigation, fast money and Jeopardy and Times Tables Challenge earning points along the way.
In the end, only one team can win, and this year the most successful team was Braddock Public School. Congratulations!
NCNS enjoys actively participating in organising and assisting on the day, as we know from experience the difference that working at this grassroots level makes both now, and in the future.