Hamann School Mathematics Competition for SPE Prizes

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is an international technical/professional organisation dedicated to the advancement of technology associated with the recovery of energy resources from well-bores. The South Australian section of the SPE is sponsoring the SA School Mathematics Competition as part of its commitment to the education of young people and to raise awareness of the Society's vocation, the professional of Petroleum Engineer. The SPE considers that a career as a Petroleum Engineer offers exciting opportunities to work throughout the world in one of the many facets of the Oil and Gas Industry.

The aim of the competition is to encourage interested and motivated students to enjoy the challenge of non-standard problems. While some of the questions require extended knowledge and responses, the new format of the 15 question papers aims to give a wide range of students the opportunity to achieve some success.

The Association believes this competition to be a most important student activity and one in which all schools should have participants.

Competition Details

The School Mathematics Competition will be held in schools on Wednesday 15th March 2017.

It is for South Australian students in Years 6 - 12. Four papers will be set as indicated below.

  • Primary of 1 hour for students in Years 6 – 7
  • Junior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Year 7 – 8
  • Intermediate Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 9 – 10
  • Senior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 11 – 12

Note: Year 7's may do either paper Primary or Junior

Note: the use of scientific & graphic calculators is permitted for all papers.

Format for 2017 Competitions

Each paper will contain 20 questions

1 - 10 (3 marks each)
11 - 15 (4 marks each)
16 - 20 (5 marks each)

Answer booklet for Junior and Intermediate Papers -

Questions 1-15 / Fill in answer sheet only
Questions 16-20 / Full working of solutions

Senior Paper- Full working of all solutions required

Each year about 1800 students sit for the SA School Mathematics Competition sponsored by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). There is considerable input required from teachers to keep this very successful competition running smoothly. The process involves:

  • the setting of four papers
  • organisation of student workshop sessions
  • marking sessions
  • the Presentation Night

Metropolitan Schools entering students are required to nominate teachers to help with the workshop evening and marking of each of the papers. Marking will take place on

Prizes are awarded for each division at Judges’ discretion. Monetary prizes donated by SPE are awarded to the Top Ten Students. Distinction Certificates, Credit Certificates, Judges’ Commendation and Judges’ Encouragement Certificates are awarded as judged. Participation Certificates are awarded to all entrants. 
Winners and their parents are invited to the Presentation Night to be held on 21st June 2017 (date to be confirmed) from 7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx.) at Dorothy Yates Hall, Pembroke School, Holden Street, Kensington Gardens.

It is wise to use past competitions as practice examples. The SMC Past Papers will be available for sale at the MASA Office.

The competition entry fee is $3.00 per student (GST included). Please complete the enclosed entry form and forward it to MASA as soon as possible. Entries close on Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

Entry Form -SMC Mathematics Competition (click here)

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