The Mathematics Problem Solving Program has been in operation since it was developed in 1992 by Dr Nathan Hoffman.
The program provides mathematics problem-solving classes for mathematically gifted students aged 10 to 15, though highly gifted students of a younger age can apply. Each year more than 200 students are enrolled in the program.
The students are involved in a wide range of significant mathematical problem-solving activities. Each activity is explore to sufficient depth for students to appreciate the solution strategy involved and the process by which it is obtained.
The program is year-long and operates during term-time after school. It is linked to the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians, a national program of the Australian Mathematics Trust.
The program aims to:
- develop mathematics problem solving skills;
- develop the students’ skills in the logical and effective presentation of solutions: and
- increase the students’ knowledge of mathematics.
The program is conducted at the University of Western Australia.
WAMPSP 2018, Students completing their fifth (or fourth) year in the program:
Front Row, Left to Right – Akash Jayaram (Perth Modern School), Zachery Thexeira (fourth year) (Perth Modern School), Nicholas Mahoney (Perth Modern School), Akash Parekh (John XXIII College), Jonathon Chivers (Willetton Senior High School).
Back Row, Left to Right – Alan Lee (Perth Modern School), Ezekiel Goh (Perth Modern School), Ethan Gibson (Perth Modern School), Yitong Lee (fourth year) (Perth Modern School).
The WAMPSP Program
The following students had previously participated in the Program and achieved the following School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards at the end of 2018:
Evinija BLAZESKA (Perth Modern School) General Exhibition, Exhibition in Italian
Nicholas DOAN (Perth Modern School) General Exhibition
Jordan HOFFMANN (Willetton SHS) General Exhibition, Exhibitions in Mathematics Methods
Akio HO (Christ Church Grammar School) Exhibition in Politics & Law
William HU (Christ Church Grammar School) General Exhibition, Exhibition in Music
Justin LIEW (Perth Modern School) General Exhibition, Exhibition in Computer Science
Kascia PAVISICH (Newman College) General Exhibition, Exhibition in Psychology
Shivanah SHETTY (St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls) General Exhibition, Exhibition in Chemistry
Albert SMITH (Christ Church Grammar School) Exhibition in Mathematics Specialist
Alexandra TRUONG (Shenton College) General Exhibition
Kaylee WONG (Willetton SHS) General Exhibition
Adrian Khoo (2005 Beazley Medal winner) Scotch College:
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the exceptional (teaching) I received in your Mathematics Problem Solving Programme. I found it to be an enriching and intellectually stimulating experience which helped me to achieve academic success and develop lifelong skills . . .
I believe your programme is highly beneficial, advancing students beyond the school curriculum while enabling us to approach challenges, mathematical or otherwise, with confidence. Just as importantly, it cultivates an appreciation of the intricacies of mathematics and hones the faculty of logical thought. (June 2014)
Benjamin Joseph (Exhibition winner, 2011. Spent 5 years in the Program from 2004 to 2008.)
You stimulated my interest in mathematics and helped develop my techniques and problem solving skills, which have assisted me greatly all throughout High School, and particularly Year 12. Thank you for teaching me the program and holding me in good stead the past five years. I hope to study Science and then medicine at UWA whilst taking up a few maths units. (2011)
There are five levels within the program:
- Primary Students up to and including Year 6.
- Junior Students up to and including Year 7.
- Euler Students up to and including Year 8.
- Gauss Students up to and including Year 9.
- Noether Students up to and including Year 10.
Classes run during school term time. No classes are held during school vacations.
Click here for more information on the classes.
Click here for greater detail of the Primary and Junior Programs.
Junior 1 and 2 classes commence on Tuesday 12 February (fortnightly, e.g. 26 Feb, 12 March, etc.)
Primary 1 and 2 classes commence on Tuesday 19 February (fortnightly, e.g. 5 March, 19 March, etc.)
Euler 1 and 2 classes commence on Wednesday 13 February (weekly)
Noether and Gauss classes commence on Thursday 14 February (weekly)
Classes are held in Building 226 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) Room 3.04 (Billings Room) at the University of Western Australia. (Go to Maps tab)
Moodle is the means of communication between staff and students and their parents.
The WAMPSP teachers use Moodle to set class assignments and to inform parents and students about the program.
Each student in the Primary and Junior classes is permitted to use their parents’ email as their student email and we will use this to give them access to their class Moodle.
All students in Years 8, 9 and 10 are required to have their own Moodle membership and, hence, their own email addresses. It is requested that students use email addresses provided by their respective schools.
Enrolments for 2019 have been completed. Any queries regarding current enrolments or possible future enrolments should be made to: email@example.com or by phone on 9345 0388
To apply for a place in the 2020 program students need to complete the application problems which will be posted on July 26, 2019.
Round 1 enrolments
For those receiving Letters of Offer – continuing students and those who applied for a place:
Enrolments open Monday 11 November and Close Friday 6 December 2019.
Note: Places for those who received a letter of offer are only guaranteed until 25 November.
Round 2 enrolments
For those who did not apply for a place and are invited to join the program on the basis of their AMC results.
Enrolments open Monday X November and Close Friday X December 2019.
Fees must be paid no later than 7 December.
Places are only guaranteed upon:
1. Completion of this registration process;
2. Full payment of fees; and
3. A positive check against lists of students offered places or invited to join the program.
Students are required to meet all expectations listed at https://mawainc.org.au/wampsp-classes/
Letters will be sent to all successful enrolees with details about lessons and other relevant information.
Parents must not contact other students and students may not use their participation with any hostile intent. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in exclusion from the program. We are sure that all parents understand this is to protect our students.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for WAMPSP
All registration cancellations must be made in writing by parents to MAWA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Withdrawal dates will be regarded as the date of the first notification to that address only. No other email address or phone call is valid.
The following refund policy will then be applied:
- Cancellation prior to 21 January, full refund (less $100 for securement of placement and administration charges) will be made on cancellation.
- Cancellation prior to the first scheduled lesson, 70 percent refund of registration fee will be made on cancellation.
- After the second scheduled class, no refund of registration fee will be made on cancellation.
Any refunds will be paid after the completion of the first month of lessons.
Applications for the 2020 program will open in July 2019.
Sample Questions: (forthcoming)
Sample Question Instructions: (forthcoming)
Letters will be sent, in October 2019, to those who successfully apply for a place in the 2020 Program.
Letters of invitation will be sent to a select number of students who may not have applied but who have performed exceptionally well in the Australian Mathematics Competition. These letters will be sent via these students’ schools, inviting candidates to join the program.
Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-in basis. Delaying registration may mean missing out on a place in the program. In the past there have been students who lost their place because registration was full. We advise against delaying registration when offered a place.
Registration, including the payment of fees, will take place in November and December. Registrations are accepted only from students who have received offers or invitations from The Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
To see fees for 2020, click here.
For general inquiries about the program please contact
Dr Nathan (Norm) Hoffman:
Mailing address: WAMPSP at MAWA
12 Cobbler Pl
Mirrabooka WA 6061
Mail or messages sent to other addresses cannot be guaranteed to reach us.
Teachers’ Email addresses for direct student contact:
- Miss Quita Berry: email@example.com
- Mr Rom Cirillo: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Nathan (Norm) Hoffman: email@example.com
- Ms Noemi Reynolds: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that almost all our communication with parents is through email and our Moodle pages.
Once enrolled in the program students and their parents will be invited to join WAMPSP Moodle pages. These will provide additional information and means of contact.