Geraldton & Esperance heats to be held during weeks 8 & 9 of Term 3 2022 as follows:

Esperance– Monday 5th September, Geraldton 1 – Monday 12th September, Geraldton 2 – Tuesday 13th September

Perth & Bunbury heat dates are in Term 4 2022 as follows:

Bunbury – Monday 17th October, Northern – Wednesday 19th October, South Eastern – Friday 21st October, Southern – Monday 24th October, Coastal – Wednesday 26th October, Central – Friday 28th October, City – Monday 31st October, Riverside – Wednesday 2nd November, North Western – Thursday 3rd November, Grand Final – Thursday 10th November.

Registrations for 2022 are now open!

Please get in contact with [email protected] for any enquiries as to the regions in which heats are held.

These are subject to change dependent on registrations.

Competition Information – Please read before registration!

Teams: We guarantee to accept 2 teams per school, however schools can register for up to 4 teams if space allows.  Once all registered schools are allocated their 2 teams each, the extra teams are then offered on a first in best dressed basis.  Therefore, if you want more than two teams, early registration is recommended.  Team numbers are not confirmed until after registration has closed at the end of week 8, term 2 (Friday 17th June 2022).

Heats/Venues: Where possible, first preferences are given, but cannot be guaranteed.  Placement in heats is dependent on registration numbers and proximity to the hosting venues. Please always check alternative dates of heats – just in case!  Please also consider being a host school, as we would love to go to as many different schools as possible.

There is also the possibility of heat venue amendments, again depending on location of registrations.  If you have queries on the best heats for your school, please get in touch via email ([email protected]) for advice.

Registration Fee: From 2022 onwards there will be a nominal registration fee of $50 per school, regardless of the number of teams entered in the event.  An invoice for this fee will be issued once registration has been recorded and is payable prior to competing.  This fee is non-refundable.

Confirmation: On receipt of your registration, you will receive a short “acknowledgement of registration” email within 48 hours.  Official confirmation of team numbers allocated, heat, date, venue, etc will be emailed to you following close of registrations.  You can expect this email by the end of week 10, term 2.  If you haven’t received either of these emails by the above deadlines, please get in touch with [email protected] immediately, or phone 0409 082 291.

Background of Competition

This is a competition that has been running in Western Australian primary schools since 1998. It began with two divisions of 18 teams playing in qualification rounds before a final, and has steadily grown in numbers. In 2005, there were four qualifying rounds, and in 2006, due to increasing interest from country areas, one of the qualifying rounds was held at Geraldton, from which three teams qualified to compete at the final in Perth.

A Geraldton heat occurred again in 2007 (with 18 teams), while a qualifying heat was held at Esperance (with 12 teams), from which one team won a place in the final. The year 2008 saw this support for Numero® increase, with five qualifying heats, one each in Geraldton and Esperance, and three in Perth.

In 2009, the competition grew to include four Perth heats and two country heats, and in 2010 grew again to five Perth heats and three country heats (including Bunbury for the first time).

2011 saw the AFG Interschool Numero® Challenge continue to grow with ten heats, four in the country and six in Perth.  Geraldton, Esperance and Bunbury continued, with the addition of a heat in Manjimup, in the Warren-Blackwood region. 2012 has continued on with more schools participating in the existing ten heats. In 2013 the Challenge grew yet again, with a fifth heat in the country (a second Bunbury heat) and a seventh heat in the metropolitan area. This has altered slightly in recent years, with every year having 12 heats but the disbursement being slightly different each year depending on registrations. Since 2019 there has been 4 regional heats (Geraldton – 2 heats, Esperance – 1 heat, Bunbury – 1 heat) and 8 metropolitan heats.

Teams compete for generous book prizes, at both heats and finals, while the winning teams in the final also win cash prizes for their school of $1000, $500 and $250 respectively.

AFG (Australian Finance Group)
Like Numero®, AFG originated here in WA, and in fact, the Interschool Numero® Challenge is just one year younger than AFG. However, both AFG and Numero® have grown far beyond the boundaries of their state of origin. Numero® has spread not only throughout English-speaking countries (including the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, USA and Canada), but also through SE Asia, Japan and Korea.

Established in 1994, AFG has grown to become one of Australia’s largest mortgage broking groups and leaders in financial solutions. With 3,000+ mortgage brokers around Australia, AFG is one of the largest mortgage provider companies in the country. AFG brokers have the ability to offer their customers a choice of over 4,250+ finance products from more than 55 of Australia’s lenders. Each month AFG brokers help more than 7,500 Australians get the right loan for their home.

Numero is honoured and proud to have developed this association with AFG, and in 2022 will have had their support through sponsorship for sixteen years. It is thanks to AFG that schools compete for prizes at both heats and finals, with generous cash prizes awarded to the top three schools in the final. 2010 began the awarding of extra cash prizes, with the first placed school winning $1000, second place $500 and third place $250.

Edwina Forward Engraving
Since the inception of this competition in 1998, Edwina Forward Engraving (EFE) has provided all our trophies without charge. In 2007, they provided a new perennial shield, as well as engraved medallions for the winning team, to mark the 10th anniversary of the competition. EFE have been an amazing supporter of Numero®, and we truly appreciate this continuing association.

The AFG Interschool Numero® Challenge 2021
The 24th year of the AFG Interschool Numero® Challenge continued its proud history of support from WA schools, despite the difficulties of having to deal with COVID-19 yet again. With a competition that has maintained the significant modifications made in 2020, including  distancing, cleaning, sanitising, etc, IETPL were so happy to still be able to bring the event to fruition. A big thank you to all schools for their understanding and co-operation throughout another difficult year.

The twelve heat winners (in alphabetical order) were: Bunbury Radical Ratios, Campbell Dividing Dominators, Carey Baptist Times Squared, Castletown Into the Negatives, Comet Bay Number Ninjas, Duncraig Dragons, St Lawrence’s Noisy & Numerous, Sutherland Dianella To the Power of Four, Swan Valley Anglican Number Ninjas, Wandina Wonderoos, Wattle Grove Additions and Willetton Warriors.

The remaining six places in the final went to the next highest scoring teams (in alphabetical order): Belmay Brainiacs, Carey Baptist Divide & Conquer, Mandurah Baptist Mindstorms, St Lawrence’s Bros on Their Toes, Wattle Grove Super Solvers and Willetton Wizards.

Official Championship Photo 2021

Left to right: Mr Neil Darby, Assistant Executive Director, Delivery Services, Department of Education WA; Mr Warren Harding, Chairman, Alzheimer’s WA; Ms Ella Dachs, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s WA; Mrs Julie Richards, Director, Independent Education & Training Pty Ltd; Carey Baptist College Times Squared; Ms Sev Isliki, State Sales Manager, Australian Finance Group; Mr Jamie Snadden, Sales Manager (WA), Campion Education and Mrs Paula McMahon, Executive Officer, The Maths Association of Western Australia.

Champions 2021

(1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively)

Winners: Carey Baptist College (Times Squared)

2nd Place: Willetton Primary School (Wizards)

3rd Place: Duncraig Primary School (Dragons)

Winners: Carey Baptist College

Carey Baptist College (Times Squared) were so excited to finally win through for their very first primary championship this year. Interestingly, their score was just one point higher than the winning score in 2020. Willetton Primary School (Wizards) finished in second place (4 points behind 1st), and Duncraig Primary School (Dragons) in third (only 13 points behind 2nd).

Carey have worked extremely hard to develop their numeracy and of course Numero skills since finishing in third place last year, their best result to that point.  Their achievement this year proves that hard work can deliver great results. It is also fantastic to see this hard work in other schools starting to show results, with both Willetton and Duncraig back in the winners’ boxes. Having had the trophy in the regions for a couple of years, it is nice to see rotation at work, with it returning to the metro area in 2021.

Where will the trophy end up next year?  And what will next year’s trophy look like?  It will be the 25th anniversary of this event, with a new trophy in place, so perhaps some extra celebrations will be in order!!!

This year produced an even closer margin between teams than last year, with only 27 points separating 4th to 9th positions. They went to: 4th – Wattle Grove Primary School (Additions), 5th – St Lawrence’s Primary School (Noisy & Numerous), 6th – Belmay Primary School (Brainiacs), 7th – Sutherland Dianella Primary School (To the Power of Four), 8th – Willetton Primary School (New Addition) and 9th – Campbell Primary School (Dividing Dominators).

This year’s Numero® final was held at Sutherland Dianella Primary School.

VIP Presenters: Our special guest on the day was Ms Sev Isikli, State Sales Manager, Australian Finance Group (AFG), who was the sponsor of the event for the fifteenth year in succession.

Sev presented the prizes for position winners, as well as the trophies to our winning team from Carey Baptist College. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of AFG and look forward to their continued association with Numero® in WA.

Our other special guests included Mr Neil Darby, Assistant Executive Director, Delivery Services, Department of Education WA; Ms Ella Dachs, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s WA; Mr Warren Harding, Chairman, Alzheimer’s WA; Mr Jamie Snadden, Sales Manager (WA), Campion Education and Mrs Paula McMahon, Executive Officer, Maths Association of Western Australia.

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