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The Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA) is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to improve mathematics education across the state. Originating as a teacher professional association in 1958, MAWA has grown into a vibrant organisation that provides support for anyone with an interest in mathematics including teachers, parents and students. 

MAWA receives no government funding and so relies on the support of its members and revenue it generates from professional learning and the sale of publications. We extend a warm welcome to any individuals, families or schools who might be considering the benefits of taking out a MAWA membership (which include discounts on professional learning, competition entry and some of our publications). 

The Association is run by a committee of volunteers, as well as paid staff comprising an executive officer, corporate manager, a part-time accounts officer and an office associate. The MAWA committee consists of a dedicated group of educators from all sections of the education community. Several sub-committees are then responsible for directing MAWA’s operations including Membership, Publications, Student Activities and Conferences. If you are interested in joining the MAWA Committee, or assisting with one of MAWA’s events, please contact our friendly office staff.

MAWA supports teachers, students and schools by conducting a wide range of student and teacher activities; and by providing access to an extensive professional library of printed/online materials and journals on mathematics teaching, learning and assessment. MAWA contracts a variety of experienced educators to facilitate professional learning opportunities for teachers, including on-site professional learning, mentoring, Maths Meets, and an annual conference that attracts 1000 delegates. For families, MAWA runs an annual Mathematics Expo, school holiday workshops and mathematics pathway information evenings. We also facilitate an extensive range of student activities, including: Have Sum Fun (Face to Face and Online), the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), the National Mathematics Summer School, the Maths Talent Quest and the WA Mathematics Problem Solving Program.

The MAWA team has some exciting plans for 2020 and beyond. We are currently exploring ways in which we can expand our offerings to teachers, parents and students across WA. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly office staff and/or sign up for Sigma, MAWA’s quarterly online newsletter.

Dr John West

MAWA President