SIMC Distinction 2016

31st May 2016

John Monash Science School was invited to send a team of four students to the sixth Singapore International Mathematics Challenge hosted by the National University of Singapore High School of Mathematics and Science (NUS) and Singapore’s Ministry of Education. The competition was held during the week beginning Monday 23 May, and involved 62 schools from across the globe, including some of the world’s most prestigious and best performing schools in Mathematics and Science, including NUS itself, the North Carolina School of Mathematics and Science, Raffles Institution Singapore (the overall winner), Ritsumeikan High School Japan, Mahidol Wittayanusorn High School Thailand, Lycee Descartes, Tours, France and The High School affiliated to Renmin University, China. JMSS was one of only two schools from Australia invited to take part.

The competition questions, all requiring mathematical modelling and proof, were set by Professor Imre Leader, the Chief Judge, and colleagues from Cambridge University, and based around the broad theme of communication. The questions were completed by the student teams over the course of 30 hours, with limited access to other teams or teachers. The questions allowed access to all teams in the early stages but soon became more complex, and challenged students to think creatively and work together constructively. All teams were asked to provide a full written report of their solutions at the end of the allocated time, and then to present their findings to a different judge and an audience of teachers and students on three separate occasions.

The John Monash Science School team, comprising Orion Zymaris (Year 12), Alex Socha (Year 11), YiJie Neo (Year 11) and Ethan Payne (Year 12), obtained one of twelve Distinctions in the event, placing them in the top 12 schools in the competition. This is an outstanding achievement and one of which the students themselves, the accompanying staff members, and the whole JMSS community, are all extremely proud. They were coached most ably by former JMSS student Victor Phan, with Head of Mathematics Luke Bohni looking after the team in Singapore. JMSS is the only Australian school to have won a Distinction at this prestigious and significant event, an achievement which highlights the excellence in Victorian Government school education.