HOW TO ENTER FOR THE CHALLENGE
Note:Final Round is organised.
Schools enter their learners and organise the writing of the First Round at their school. Therefore learners cannot enter directly - if necessary learners and parents should approach their school if they want to participate.
Actually, we require a group of schools (5 or more schools in geographic proximity) to form a region. And a region can only function if there is a Regional Organiser to organise it! See below how the
PROTYPE FIRST ROUND CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS
1 February 2018
Dear Principal and Mathematics Colleagues
We enclose a master copy of the papers, answer sheet and memorandum for each grade for the First Round of the Grade 4-7 South African Mathematics Challenge 2018.
The Challenge is intended as a vehicle to popularise mathematics and to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning of mathematics. The Challenge is not a scholastic test, but tests conceptual knowledge, the application of knowledge in new situations, problem solving and general mathematical thinking, supporting our new Curriculum to help South Africans become empowered independent and creative thinkers. And we believe mathematics is accessible to all, not just the select few!
We therefore encourage schools to let all their learners participate in the First Round. There are two categories of participation: Confident learners may prefer to participate as individuals (singles), whilst others may prefer to work in pairs (doubles).
The First Round: 7-11 May 2018
Statistics Form and send to your Regional Organiser by 23 May to enable him/her to organise the Final Round. Please send the form for our records even if your school does not participate in the Final Round. Schools choose the most convenient region - see the enclosed list of regions and organisers.
- Schools that want to participate can contact their Regional Organiser or may contact SAMF directly.
- To give schools more flexibility, the First Round may be written at your school any time during the week 7-11 May, provided your Regional Organiser receives your information by 23 May. The school decides on a suitable time during the day. The recommended duration is one hour, but a little more time could be allowed. (However, during the Final Round only one hour will be allowed.)
- The school makes copies of the papers for its learners - pairs (doubles) get only one paper and answer sheet to facilitate co-operative problem solving. Because the emphasis is not merely on calculation skills, calculators are allowed, so please try to ensure that as many learners as possible have calculators available to share.
- Teachers mark the papers from the enclosed memorandum. Or learners can mark and discuss it in class!
- Complete the attached
Final Round: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Certificates of Achievement
- Learners scoring 50% or more, i.e. 10 or more out of 20 in the First Round qualify to participate in the Final Round.
- Only schools that have registered for the Final Round (i.e. submitted their First Round forms) on time will be allowed to participate.
- The Final Round is written on 1 August at a central venue in each region. The Regional Organiser organises venues, invigilation and will inform participating schools of arrangements for the Final Round by 25 July - if he/she has your
All learners scoring more than 80% in the Final receive a "gold" Certificate of Achievement, those scoring more than 60% receive "silver", and those scoring 50% or more receive "bronze". Last year nearly 4 000 learners received certificates. Certificates will be printed by SAMF and posted directly to participating schools.
Participation in the Challenge costs R8/R10/R12 per learner - detail to follow. We encourage schools to become members of AMESA (see the enclosed membership form).
We trust that learners and teachers will enjoy the Challenge, and benefit from it! More details about the Challenge, including free past papers, are available on the web at http://www.amesa.org.za/Challenge/Index.htm
The Challenge is organised by SAMF (South African Mathematics Foundation) in cooperation with AMESA.
Please direct all communication about participation to your Regional Organiser, or directly to Patrick Rasehwete or call him at 012 392 9348.
Private Bag X 173
Tel: 012 392 9324/48
E-mail: Patrick Rasehwete
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