Dates for 2020 – Registrations open in February 2020!
Geraldton & Esperance heats to be held during weeks 8 & 9 of Term 3 2020 as follows:
Esperance– Monday 7th September, Geraldton 1 – Monday 14th September, Geraldton 2 – Tuesday 15th September
Perth & Bunbury heat dates are in Term 4 2020 as follows:
Bunbury – Monday 19th October, Northern – Wednesday 21st October, South Eastern – Friday 23rd October, Southern – Monday 26th October, Coastal – Wednesday 28th October, Central – Friday 30th October, City – Monday 2nd November, Riverside – Wednesday 4th November, North Western – Thursday 5th November, Grand Final – Thursday 12th 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. 2019 saw 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.
Australian Finance Group (AFG)
Like Numero®, AFG originated here in WA, and, in fact, the Interschool Numero® Challenge is just one year younger than AFG. However, both 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.
AFG has experienced spectacular growth and is Australia’s largest mortgage broker, and one of the faster growing holistic providers of financial services. We are honoured and proud to have developed this association with them, and have now had their support for thirteen years, with 2020 entering the fourteenth year of their sponsorship. 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 first place 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 our continuing association.
The AFG Interschool Numero® Challenge 2019
The 22nd year of the AFG Interschool Numero® Challenge saw continuing interest from WA schools.
The twelve heat winners (in alphabetical order) were: Allendale Curious Calculators, Aranmore Decimal Dynamics, Attadale Einsteins, Bunbury Maths Masters, Carey Mathmagicians, Castletown Maths Marvels, Duncraig Dodecahedrons, Excelsior E = Mc2, Mandurah Baptist Perfect Pi, St Lawrence Strength in Numbers, West Greenwood Warriors and Willetton Warriors.
The remaining six places in the final went to the next highest scoring teams (in alphabetical order): Carey Number Ninjas, Castletown Pi-Rates, Duncraig Destroyers, Geraldton Div-Whiz, Sutherland Dianella To the Power of Genius and Willetton New Addition.
(1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively)
Winners: Willetton Primary School (Warriors)
2nd Place: Castletown Primary School (Math Marvels)
3rd Place: Excelsior Primary School (E = Mc2)
Winners: Willetton Primary School
Willetton Primary School won their first championship, having had the highest score during the heats and continuing that form into the finals. Castletown Primary School served up their best ever result with a strong second place (13 points in it), followed by Duncraig Primary School (another 18 points behind).
It is always great to see the accolades being shared around, so Willetton getting their name on the trophy for the first time is great for the competition. This does however only drive previous winners to work harder to regain the title, and other schools to get their first championship!
This year produced a great showing across all schools, with 4th to 8th positions all being close. They went to: 4th – Allendale Primary School (Curious Calculators), Equal 5th – St Lawrence Catholic Primary School (Strength in Numbers) and Duncraig Primary School (Destroyers), 7th – Castletown Primary School (Pi-Rates) and 8th – Duncraig Primary School (Dodecahedrons).
This year’s Numero® final was held at Willetton Primary School.
VIP Presenters: Our special guest on the day was Ms Jia Jia Wong, Partnership Manager, Australian Finance Group (AFG), who were the sponsors of the event for the thirteenth year in succession.
Jia Jia presented the prizes for position winners, as well as the trophies to our winning team from Willetton 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 guests included Mr Martin Clery, Assistant Executive Director, Statewide Services, Department of Education WA; Mr Jason Burton, Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation, Alzheimer’s WA; and Mr Andrew Durnin, Owner/Director, Ziggies Educational Supplies.