Ever wondered how it feels to be the top Mathematics student for your year level in Australia? Sunshine Coast Grammar Student, James Luu is celebrating his greatest achievement yet, securing the highest score in Australia for the 2016 Australian ICAS Mathematics Challenge in Year 4.
The school community came together to recognise this phenomenal accomplishment that many keen Mathematic students dream of achieving. This is the first time in Grammar’s history that a Year 4 Student has achieved the No.1 spot.
James began his school journey at Grammar in Prep. During Year 1 students undertook formal diagnostic testing in which James results spoke for themselves. Identified as a gifted and talented student at Grammar, James has been nurtured in accelerated Mathematics with support from Mrs Sharyn Cunningham, Learning Support and Enrichment Assistant.
“James, is an inspiring student whose mathematical mind is nothing short of brilliant for someone so young. He has a wonderful passion for Mathematics and is always seeking to be challenged further”, said Mrs Cunningham.
Principal Mrs Maria Woods noted, “There is a euphoric sense of success being felt across the whole school. We are thrilled for James and his family. His success is a true reflection of how gifted and talented children have unique educational needs, and that it is important to offer a diverse range of extended learning opportunities for each individual student.”
ICAS Mathematics assesses students’ skills and knowledge across five areas including: Algebra and Patterns, Chance and Data, Measures and Units, Number and Arithmetic as well as Space and Geometry. Developed by Educational Assessment Australia as the most comprehensive skills-based educational assessment program available, ICAS recognises and rewards student achievement for primary and secondary school students across a number of core subjects.
James was recognised during the official medal presentation at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre on December 3, 2016.
Year 4 Student James Luu and Mr Paul Clegg, Head of Primary, Sunshine Coast Grammar School