Haileybury has won the 2018 Mathspace Teacher Challenge which attracted over 80,000 students and 1,300 teachers from across Australia.
The Mathspace Teacher challenge is about recognizing and rewarding teachers for the impact they have – not just on student achievement, but also on their students’ growth.
The aim of the competition was for teachers to involve their class to achieve as many points as possible using the Mathspace online program, a program that Haileybury Middle School has been using since the start of 2017.
Haileybury classes had 13 teachers in the top 100, but it was 5A, Sally Green’s class from Newlands that ended up winning the National competition.
Speaking on the wonderful achievement, Head of Campus at Newlands, Mrs Jane Gibbs said “we are thrilled that the class teacher, Mrs Sally Green, has instilled a love of Mathematics in her year 5 girls through the use of the Mathspace program. Their growth in ability and self-efficacy has been incredible to witness.”
In winning this competition Haileybury receives a cheque for $10 000, a dinner for a group of staff with Adam Spencer – a self-confessed number nerd who has appeared on Triple J and ABC Sydney for over 14 years and been on TV programs including hosting “Quantum” and other shows. He is the first ambassador of Maths and Science at Sydney University and an ambassador for the Fred Hollows foundation.
Sally Green’s class will also receive a workshop from “56 Creations” a company that specialises in running entrepreneurship under the STEM umbrella for schools.
Mathspace CEO, Mohamad Jebara was very pleased with the results and the class’s determination and hard work.
“It’s especially exciting to see that Sally’s winning students are an all girl class. With such a large gender divide in school mathematics participation, it’s great to see an all-girl class take first place.”