The APSMO Maths Olympiads is a competition for students in years 5 and 6 of primary schools and years 7 and 8 of secondary schools from around Australia and New Zealand.
It is aimed at challenging participants' maths problem-solving abilities. At St. Joseph's we also include high achieving Year 3 and 4 students into the competition.
Our Mathematics Coordinator runs the program weekly throughout terms 2 and 3, with students attending one or two Maths Olympiad sessions per week.
The Tournament of Minds
Each year, multiple teams consisting of 7 students per team, participate in the Tournament of Minds. At St. Joseph's students from Grades 4-6 participate in the tournament and nominations are open to all students in these year levels.
Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem-solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: STEM, Language Literature, The Arts or Social Sciences. This is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. Tournament of Minds has been one of the fastest growing national inter-school programmes to challenge the youth of Australia and is now expanding internationally. The 6-week challenge begins at the start of Term 3 and teams present their solutions to a panel of judges at Deakin University in Mid August.