There has been much said in the popular media about declining standards and participation in secondary school mathematics in Australia. In this issue we celebrate a positive secondary school mathematics news story.
There has been no decline in performance at the elite level of the 48th UNSW School Mathematics Competition. In this issue we celebrate those outstanding young mathematicians, and their teachers and schools, who received prizes and commendations in the competition. Unlike conventional mathematics exams, that test proficiency and efficiency in solving routine questions. The competition questions are developed along the lines of Mathematical Olympiad questions to tease out mathematical insight and ingenuity.