Pupils excel in A+ Students’ National Competition

2017-08-30 06:00
< Woodridge students Julian Teulon (9) who obtained second place and received a silver trophy in his division and Timothy Teulon (11), who together with Hartney were the champion winners. Photo:SUPPLIED

< Woodridge students Julian Teulon (9) who obtained second place and received a silver trophy in his division and Timothy Teulon (11), who together with Hartney were the champion winners. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THREE Port Elizabeth learners participated in the A+ Students’ 11th National Competition at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday, August 17.

The youngest of the three was eight-year-old, Mitchell Hartney, from Sunridge Primary School.

Together with Timothy Teulon (11) from Woodridge, Hartney was a champion winner.

Julian Teulon (9) from Woodridge came in second place and received a silver trophy in his division.

Over 700 participants took part in the event, ranging from as young as four to 12 years of age.

The candidates were selected from each of the nine provinces as the top learners from around South Africa.

In order to compete in the prestigious event the learners were required to meet a qualifying criteria.

The competition comprised of six examination papers in the children’s division, comprising of three examination papers of one minute each for mental arithmetic calculations and three papers of three minutes per paper for the examinations where learners could make use of their soroban (Japanese abacus).

Mitchell’s mother, Abigail Hartney, described how her son had shown interest in mathematics from a young age.

“He always wanted to know more and wanted to do more difficult calculations. Mitchell does not realise the magnitude of his achievement yet. For him it was just a few sums and now it is over,” said the proud mother.

Amanda Mortimer, master sensei at A+ students, said the three learners had been in the programme since 2015.

Mortimer said it was very rewarding to see the progress they had made in terms of the speed in which they could do complex mental arithmetic sums and the level at which they competed nationally.

“This will hold them in good stead to possibly qualify for the international PAMA competition to be held in Malaysia in 2018.

“Our international competition will be held in South Africa on December 28.

“Participants from 17 different countries such as the USA, Canada and India will compete in this event,” Mortimer said.

“A+Students is a Japanese method of education that teaches children as young as 30 months to solve complex arithmetic problems by playing with educational toys like the soroban and our A?play maths range of educational toys. A+Students improves concentration and boosts self-confidence, improves intelligence and creates a love for Maths.”

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