2013 Australian Mathematics Competition Outstanding Results

This year at Salesian College, 108 students were entered in the 36th Australian Mathematics Competition, sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank. This competition started in 1978, was the original and, is now, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

More than 40 countries participate in the AMC each year and it is recognised as an international benchmark for mathematical performance. The number of entrants in Australia alone in recent years has been of the order of 400,000, enough to fill the MCG four times!

Students are allocated awards according to strict criteria:

A Prize is awarded generally to no more than one student in every 300 students within their region or state and year group.

A High Distinction is awarded to a student who has not received a higher award but is in the top 2% of their year and region (top 5% for Senior) while a Distinction is awarded when the student is in the top 15% (25% for Senior) of their year and region.

A Prudence award is given to the student in each school with the highest number of consecutive correct responses starting from question one, including at least the first ten questions.

Among the outstanding results this year, in which there were 28 Distinctions and 1 High Distinction. I have the privilege to announce that Timothy Wang achieved a Prize award, placing him in the top 0.3% of students in his year level in Victoria. He correctly answered 23 out of a possible 30 questions on the completion paper involving a wide variety of mathematical topics and problem-solving. Timothy will receive a certificate, a lapel pin and a book voucher from the Australian Mathematics Trust, which publishes mathematical materials designed for students wanting to improve their mathematical understanding or who are looking for relevant, interesting and challenging questions.

Timothy is a member of the Year 7 Biretta class and was invited by the Australian Mathematics Trust to an official presentation ceremony on Wednesday 13 November at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar in East Keilor.

The Prudence Award winner is Mike Zhou of Year 8.

David McDonald
Head of Mathematics

Below is a list of other high performing students in the AMC for 2013.



Total Score


7  Niluk Samaranayake  70  98
7  Derric Chacko  69  98
8  Nathan Pham  81  99
8  Mike Zhou  72  96
8  Evan Lim  71  95
8  Nicholas Lai  71  95
9  Thomas Inglis  57  98
9  Aaron Jiang  56  98
10  Simon Ruys  55  94
10  Callum Hensman  54  93
10  Patrick Atallah  54  93