Student Activities

Problem Solving Competition (March)

For more than 40 years, the Mathematical Association of Tasmania has conducted this Competition for Tasmanian students in Years 7 – 12 in March. In 2018, MAT extended the competition to include students in Years 5 and 6.  There are usually 8 – 12 questions for each of the four divisions: Primary (5/6), Junior (7/8), Intermediate (9/10) and Senior (11/12) which are undertaken within a 2-hour time frame (1.5 hours for Primary).

The questions are designed to elicit mathematical thinking and may require students to apply their mathematical skills to topics outside of the standard curriculum or to link together different mathematics topics that are traditionally taught separately. Each question may require some experimentation and different approaches before a student makes significant headway.

Through this Competition, some outstanding Mathematics students have been identified. For other students, the competition has sparked an interest in Mathematics. For each question, students need to explain their reasoning and show their working (using English as well as Mathematics as necessary) to gain full marks. Students may not be able to complete all questions fully in the time frame but they will receive a better mark if they answer some questions very well rather than many questions poorly.

The cost is $10 per student. For further information, contact Emily Peterson

Maths Relays (August)

The MAT Mathematics Relays are held annually at four locations across the state for students in Years 5 – 12. The relays see teams of four students take on mathematical problems of increasing difficulty as they race to beat other competitors and the clock. It’s an exciting day to be part of! Each team is accompanied by an adult who will be a marker to check students’ answers against the answer sheet. In 2022, the Relays will be held on 25 September. 

For further information contact Lauren Beams

ML Urquhart Mathematics Competition (September)

The ML Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 11 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions. The winner of the Competition receives the Urquhart Medal, a framed certificate and prize money. Certificates and prize money are also awarded to students deserving of an Honourable Mention.

In 2022, the ML Urquhart Mathematics Competition will run from 21 – 23 September. It is free to enter the Competition. Registrations are restricted to up to three students per college. Competition information is available from Robyn Gregory

National Mathematics Summer School (January)

The National Mathematics Summer School is a two-week summer school for approximately 75 gifted mathematics students from around Australia. The program is run by the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and the AAMT. It is for Year 11 students who will complete the camp at the start of Year 12. The cost is $1600. Students requiring financial assistance may request a bursary of up to $500 from MAT.

In 2023, the school will take place at the Australian National University from 8 to 21 January. NMSS staff are closely monitoring the ongoing pandemic situation and liaising with the ANU in order to provide an environment that is safe for all students and staff.

A former participant from The Friend’s School, Will Baird, wrote about his time at NMMS:

NMSS was a fantastic opportunity, hands down the single best experience I’ve had in my schooling so far. The mathematics that you are introduced to is fascinating and completely unlike anything you will ever see in any mathematics classes at school. There’s a lot of emphasis on the ‘productive struggle’ (as it was put to us) of mathematics, the tutors won’t solve the problems for you, and the answers aren’t in the back of the book. It forces you to come to some really interesting conclusions about maths by yourself, which was very rewarding. Even in the online setting, the social aspect was fantastic. You’ll meet some of the most wonderful & talented people at NMSS and I’ve made some very close friends through it that I’m still in contact with. If you’re anything like me and have a love for puzzles, mathematics or problem solving, I cannot recommend NMSS highly enough.

For further information, contact Emily Peterson

Download the school application form HERE and the student application form HERE. Applications close 31st August 2022 and should be sent to