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 2015 onwards still having five country heats, but the locations now changing (Geraldton – 2 heats, Esperance – 1 heat, Bunbury – 2 heats). The metropolitan heats remain at seven, giving a total of 12 heats for the year.
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 eleven years, with 2018 entering the twelfth 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 2017
The 20th year of the Interschool Numero® Challenge saw continuing interest from WA schools.
The twelve heat winners (in alphabetical order) were: Allendale Maths Magicians, Belmay Brainiacs, Bletchley Park Number Ninjas, Campbell Numero Legends, Castletown Kings of Tables, Duncraig Destroyers, Dunsborough Wildcards, Excelsior Leap Frogs, St Joseph’s Power Rangers, St Mary’s Numero Ninjas (Replaced in the final by Bunbury Calculation Station), Wandina Mathemagicians and West Greenwood Warriors.
The remaining six places in the final went to the next highest scoring teams (in alphabetical order): Allendale Numero Ninjas, Collier Numerators, Duncraig Dynamite, Mt Tarcoola Wild Winners, Ranford Allstars and Ranford Rockets.
(1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively)
Winners: Allendale Primary School (Michael, Kalirra, Asha and William)
2nd Place: Excelsior Primary School
3rd Place: Ranford Primary School
Winners: Allendale Primary School
Excelsior Primary School’s winning run was finally broken (just!) by the students from Allendale Primary School. Allendale beat out Excelsior by the very small margin of 4 points, and are only the second regional school to win an interschool challenge, with the only other school being Rangeway Primary School who won in 2004 and 2011. This year’s Numero® final was held at Bletchley Park Primary School.
Second place was taken out by Excelsior Primary School (a five-time previous winner), with third going to Ranford Primary School (a three-time previous winner). The remaining placegetters acknowledged on the day were Duncraig Primary School in fourth and fifth, with Dunsborough Primary School in sixth (their best ever placing!).
VIP Presenters: Our special guest on the day was Mr Jeremy Wealleans, WA State Manager, Australian Finance Group (AFG), who were the sponsors of the event for the eleventh year in succession.
Jeremy 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 guests included Ms Karen Webster, Director, Teaching & Learning Services, Department of Education WA and Ms Rhonda Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s WA.