bevan werry picture 1Bevan graduated with an MSc from Canterbury University and started teaching in 1961 and taught Mathematics in Christchurch, Auckland and in the Cook Islands. He joined the staff of the Christchurch Teachers College in 1967 and remained there until 1977. During his time he had a huge influence on many mathematics teachers who trained during these years and was held in high regard by them. In 1974 Bevan was a Fulbright Scholar, one of only four in that year.

In 1978 Bevan became Education Officer for Mathematics in New Zealand and moved to Wellington. In 1980 he wrote and published through NZCER a popular textbook ’Mathematics in NZ Secondary Schools”. His talents were quickly recognised by the Department of Education and he was appointed Assistant Director in 1984 and then Director of the Curriculum Development Division in 1986. This is a very important position in Education in New Zealand and one which carried great responsibility. In 1984 Bevan was the Australasian Coordinator for the UNESCO report on “Mathematics for All” at the fifth International Congress on Mathematical Education held in Adelaide.

Typically Bevan remained a very modest, quiet, generous man. He had talent in many areas. Not only was he an examiner in Mathematics but he was also an examiner in Russian for several years. He was an accomplished organist and an enthusiastic member of the Phoenix Choir.

Bevan was the Editor of the Mathematical Digest for 12 years. He took great pleasure in writing and assembling the magazine as he felt that it kept him in touch with students and teachers throughout New Zealand and Australia.

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The New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) is pleased to call for applications for this award, in accordance with the Trust Deed.  The awards are of monetary value and available to teachers at any New Zealand school within the meaning of the Education Act.  The awards are made in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the classroom teaching of mathematics.  The general (but not exclusive) criteria for selection are:

  1.  an effective sequence or resource for teaching mathematics in primary or secondary school classes;
  2. a device for teaching some aspects of mathematics
  3. a television, video, audio-visual or other communication programme on or for teaching mathematics;
  4. a paper proposing or examining a method of teaching mathematics.

Applicants must indicate their contribution to the classroom teaching for mathematics and provide evidence of fulfilling the criteria.

The Secretary
Box 26-582
fax (09) 816 9422

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These awards are to recognise personal excellence in Primary or Secondary classroom teaching and support given to others in enhancing their classroom teaching.

Nominations are called for these awards which recognise excellence in mathematics teaching. They are presented biennially at the NZAMT Conference in September/October.

The criteria for these awards are:

  1. excellence in the teaching of mathematics in the classroom at a particular school;
  2. contribution and support to mathematics teaching at other schools in the district and/or contribution to mathematics teaching throughout New Zealand; and
  3. support of a local mathematics association or mathematics group.

Teachers from primary, intermediate and secondary schools may be nominated. Nominations on the official form are to be made initially by a teacher, principal or other mathematics educator. Three referee statements on the official forms are required, one of which must be from a person not teaching at the same school. It is the nominator’s responsibility to request the appropriate forms and distribute them.

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Nominations to: The Secretary NZAMT, Box 26-582, Epsom, Auckland
Fax (09) 623 8914

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