HOW TO ENTER FOR THE CHALLENGE
Note:Final Round is organised.
Schools enter their learners and organise the writing of the First Round at their school. Therefore learners cannot enter directly - if necessary learners and parents should approach their school if they want to participate.
Actually, we require a group of schools (5 or more schools in geographic proximity) to form a region. And a region can only function if there is a Regional Organiser to organise it! See below how the
PROTYPE FIRST ROUND CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS
1 February 2014
Dear Principal and Mathematics Colleagues
We enclose a master copy of the papers, answer sheet and memorandum for each grade for the First Round of the Grade 4-7 South African Mathematics Challenge 2014.
The Challenge is intended as a vehicle to popularise mathematics and to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning of mathematics. The Challenge is not a scholastic test, but tests conceptual knowledge, the application of knowledge in new situations, problem solving and general mathematical thinking, supporting our new Curriculum to help South Africans become empowered independent and creative thinkers. And we believe mathematics is accessible to all, not just the select few!
We therefore encourage schools to let all their learners participate in the First Round. There are two categories of participation: Confident learners may prefer to participate as individuals (singles), whilst others may prefer to work in pairs (doubles).
The First Round: 12-16 May 2014
Statistics Form and send to your Regional Organiser by 23 Maye to enable him/her to organise the Final Round. Please send the form for our records even if your school does not participate in the Final Round. Schools choose the most convenient region - see the enclosed list of regions and organisers.
- Schools that want to participate can contact their Regional Organiser or may contact SAMF directly.
- To give schools more flexibility, the First Round may be written at your school any time during the week 12-16 May, provided your Regional Organiser receives your information by 23 May. The school decides on a suitable time during the day. The recommended duration is one hour, but a little more time could be allowed. (However, during the Final Round only one hour will be allowed.)
- The school makes copies of the papers for its learners - pairs (doubles) get only one paper and answer sheet to facilitate co-operative problem solving. Because the emphasis is not merely on calculation skills, calculators are allowed, so please try to ensure that as many learners as possible have calculators available to share.
- Teachers mark the papers from the enclosed memorandum. Or learners can mark and discuss it in class!
- Complete the attached
Final Round: Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Certificates of Achievement
- Learners scoring at least 60%, i.e. 15 or more out of 25 in the First Round qualify to participate in the Final Round.
- Only schools that have registered for the Final Round (i.e. submitted their First Round forms) on time will be allowed to participate.
- The Final Round is written on 30 July at a central venue in each region. The Regional Organiser organises duplication of papers, venues, invigilation and marking of papers and will inform participating schools of arrangements for the Final Round by 25 July - if he/she has your
All learners scoring more than 80% in the Final receive a "gold" Certificate of Achievement, those scoring more than 60% receive "silver", and those scoring more than 50% receive "bronze". Last year nearly 4 000 learners received certificates. Certificates will be printed by SAMF and posted directly to participating schools.
- Participation in the First Round is free to all pupils. We encourage schools to become members of AMESA (see the enclosed membership form).
- An entrance fee of R10 per learner is charged for the Final Round to cover the expenses of the Regional Organiser. We encourage schools to pay the entrance fee for their pupils. The school's correct entrance fee, in cash, in one envelope with the school's name on it, or a cheque payable to the Regional Organiser personally (not AMESA), should reach the Regional Organiser by 30 July.
We trust that learners and teachers will enjoy the Challenge, and benefit from it! More details about the Challenge, including free past papers, are available on the web at http://www.amesa.org.za/Challenge/Index.htm
The Challenge is organised by SAMF (South African Mathematics Foundation) in cooperation with AMESA.
Please direct all communication about participation to your Regional Organiser, or directly to Thabo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 012 392 9342.
Private Bag X 173
Tel: 012 392 9316
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