Craig McFarlane awarded Queen's Service Medal

Congratulations to Craig McFarlane, a long serving Mathematics and Statistics teacher in New Zealand, and as contributed greatly to Maths Education at both Regional and National levels.

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NZAMT17 National Mathematics and Statistics Conference

The Taranaki Mathematics and Statistics Teachers Association are pleased to announce that NZAMT17, the National Mathematics and Statistics Conference will be proceeding as planned in 2022 in New Plymouth.

The dates of the conference are 11 - 13 October.

This is the postponed conference from 2021.

Mathsweek 2022

Maths Week is a major event that is held each year, having been first held in 1998. Sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, a number of resources are written and made available to teachers and students in Years 1 – 11.

The aims of Maths Week are:

  • to encourage students’ interest in mathematics and statistics

  • to give teachers resources that they can use in the classroom, particularly material that requires some research and which may not be readily available to them, or that can be used electronically in class

  • to show the pleasure that mathematics can provide and some of the everyday places where mathematics and statistics can be used

  • to give teachers material that can provide extension.

Maths Week 2022 will be held between Monday 8 August and Friday 12 August.

More information, including details of the registration process, will be made available in mid-2022.

The International Mathematical Modelling Challenge

New Zealand will again be participating in the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge for 2022. We invite you all to consider submitting a team for this year's challenge. Kerri Spooner is the contact for New Zealand.

Each country can have up to two teams consisting of four enrolled secondary school students and one teacher/faculty advisor. The contest runs form 7 March through to early May 2022. During that time teams chose five(5) consecutive days to work together on the problem. To enable the top two entries to represent New Zealand to be selected, the nominated five day consecutive working days period needs to be completed by Sunday 24 April 2022.

In 2019 Manurewa High School represented New Zealand and were one of the five international award winners. In 2021 Mt Roskill Grammar where one of six teams to be awarded Meritorious. New Zealand teams have regularly been given honourable mentions during the history of the challenge.

All that is needed at this stage is an expression of interest to Kerri Spooner by Monday 28 February2022 for the teacher wishing to oversee a team from their school, followed by nomination of anticipated dates for the five consecutive days your team will be working on the problem.

Resources from recent Teacher Only Days / Jumbo days

As many teachers were unable to attend Jumbo Days during the last round of Teacher Only Days, NZAMT has created some resources which may help give you more information on the proposed new Level 1 Achievement Standards and how they will work.

Thanks must go to Liz Sneddon for the work she has put in to the preparation of information which she freely shares with NZ teachers.

Her website with videos and useful links discuss numeracy, and the statistics internal and external assessment

Francis Leslie-Ellis has created a video which helps explain the AS1.2 internal standard and also a video which helps explain the AS1.4 external standard.

He has also created a padlet page which will sort of form a Q and A where you can post questions or comment on questions already there.

We don't have all the answers but will try and help where we can.

Wellington Mathematics Association AGM


Tēnā koutou katoa.

Please find the link below to access a form to complete as an expression of interest in coming to the online WMA AGM meeting to be held on Tuesday 1st March, starting at 5.30 PM. Note that this is an online event. We are hoping for a well attended turnout. If you know anyone in your learning area or anyone who might be interested in maths education, within the Wellington Region, please feel free to forward this information on to them. The only requirement is that anyone wanting to join in should be from the Wellington regional area. Please register your expression of interest for attending by filling this form.

Fill | WMA AGM meeting March 1, 2022 5.30 PM

Ngā Mihi

Misbah Sadat

Acting President WMA