Dates for 2021 – Registrations open in February 2021!
Geraldton & Esperance heats to be held during weeks 8 & 9 of Term 3 2021 as follows:
Esperance– Monday 6th September, Geraldton 1 – Monday 13th September, Geraldton 2 – Tuesday 14th September
Perth & Bunbury heat dates are in Term 4 2021 as follows:
Bunbury – Monday 18th October, Northern – Wednesday 20th October, South Eastern – Friday 22nd October, Southern – Monday 25th October, Coastal – Wednesday 27th October, Central – Friday 29th October, City – Monday 1st November, Riverside – Wednesday 3rd November, North Western – Thursday 4th November, Grand Final – Thursday 11th November.
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 2,975 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 3,800+ finance products from a large range 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 2021 will have had their support through sponsorship for fifteen 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 2020
The 23rd year of the AFG Interschool Numero® Challenge managed to sustain interest from WA schools, despite the difficulties of having to deal with COVID-19 and all that entailed. With a competition that required significant modifications, including larger desks for distancing, cleaning, sanitising, gloves, no spectators, to name a few, IETPL were thrilled that we were still able to bring the event to fruition. A big thank you to all schools for their understanding and co-operation throughout the year.
The twelve heat winners (in alphabetical order) were: Allendale Denominators, Aranmore Subtraction Samurai, Belmay Brilliance, Bunbury Maths Masters, Carey Baptist Times Squared, Castletown Mathematical Marvels, Collier Numerators, Mandurah Baptist Mindstorms, Mullaloo Beach Numero Nuts, Rangeway Challenge Champions, Sutherland Dianella ‘Pi’oneers and Willetton Warriors.
The remaining six places in the final went to the next highest scoring teams (in alphabetical order): Campbell Wildcard Wizards, St Lawrence A Fraction Ahead, St Lawrence All Figured Out, Tuart Rise Trigonomenators, Wattle Grove Additions and Willetton Wizards.
Official Championship Photo 2020
Left to right: Ms Fiona Hunt, Professional Standards and Conduct Executive Director, Department of Education WA; Ms Ella Dachs, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s WA; Jia Jia Wong, Partnership Manager, Australian Finance Group; Allendale Primary School Denominators; Ms Julie Richards, Director, Independent Education & Training Pty Ltd; Mr Andrew Durnin, Owner, Ziggies Educational Supplies and Ms Paula McMahon, Executive Officer, The Maths Association of Western Australia.
(1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively)
Winners: Allendale Primary School (Denominators)
2nd Place: Aranmore Catholic Primary School (Subtraction Samurai)
3rd Place: Carey Baptist College (Times Squared)
Winners: Allendale Primary School
Allendale Primary School won their third championship this year, having had the highest score during the heats and maintaining that form during the final. Both Aranmore Catholic Primary School and Carey Baptist College outperformed all previous endeavours to earn their best results ever, with Aranmore finishing in second place (7 points behind 1st), and Carey in third (only 12 points behind 2nd).
Allendale have put amazing work into Numero and are a shining light in Geraldton, so their win is well deserved. It is also rewarding to see this hard work in other schools starting to show results, with two new schools in the money this year. The pressure is now on for metropolitan schools to get the trophy back in Perth! Although Esperance, Geraldton and Bunbury schools will not be supporting that effort, as they try to get it to their towns if possible.
There is only one more spot left on the current perpetual trophy, so who will be the school to be the last name added???
This year produced the usual great showing across the teams, with only 33 points separating 4th to 9th positions. They went to: 4th – Sutherland Dianella Primary School (“Pi”oneers), 5th – Willetton Primary School (Warriors), 6th – Bunbury Primary School (Maths Masters), 7th – Collier Primary School (Numerators), 8th – Belmay Primary School (Brilliance) and 9th – Wattle Grove Primary School (Additions).
This year’s Numero® final was held at Collier Primary School.
VIP Presenters: Our special guest on the day was Ms Jia Jia Wong, Partnership Manager, Australian Finance Group (AFG), who was the sponsor of the event for the fourteenth year in succession.
Jia Jia presented the prizes for position winners, as well as the trophies to our winning team from Allendale Primary School. 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 Ms Fiona Hunt, Professional Standards and Conduct Executive Director Department of Education WA; Ms Ella Dachs, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s WA; Mr Andrew Durnin, Owner/Director, Ziggies Educational Supplies and Ms Paula McMahon, Executive Officer, Maths Association of Western Australia.