The Hamann School Mathematics Competition for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Prizes 2020

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 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.  BONUS - School Prize! In addition to the individual prizes that SPE Sponsor MASA is offering a $250.00 prize at each level to the school adjudged to have best met the criteria (click here for further information and format changes).  We encourage schools support in this competition and their students as we seek to further improve the status of the competition.

Entry Form -HSMC Mathematics Competition (click here)

Competition Details

The Hamann School Mathematics Competition which was to be held in schools on Wednesday 18th March 2020 will now be run on Wednesday 19th August. The completed papers need to be returned to the MASA Office by Thursday 27th August. Marking Night is Monday 31st August. A scaled down for social distancing presentation will be held at the MASA office on Wednesday 16th September and all other prizes will be delivered to schools to distribute. Competition Coordinators will receive email updates.

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 and below - (24 questions) 
  • Junior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 7 – 8 (24 questions)
  • Intermediate Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 9 – 10 (24 questions)
  • Senior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 11 – 12 (24 questions)

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

Each year about 2000 students sit for the Hamann 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
  • sample questions / answers
  • 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 a nominated date at Adelaide High School.

Prizes are awarded for each division at Judges’ discretion. Monetary prizes donated by SPE are awarded to the Top Ten Students, High Distinction & Distinction Students (who all also receive Certificates). Credit Certificates, Judges’ Commendation and Judges’ Encouragement Certificates are awarded as judged. Participation Certificates are awarded to all entrants and distributed accordingly by each school. 
Winners and their parents would usually be invited to the Presentation Night to be held on 24th June 2020 from  7.00pm – 9.00pm (approx.) at Dorothy Yates Hall, Pembroke School, Holden Street, Kensington Gardens, however, in 2020, adjustments to date and format will need to be made to comply with social distancing requirements.

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

The competition entry fee is $3.00 per student (GST included). Please complete the entry form (link below) and forward it to MASA as soon as possible. Entries close on Monday 24th February, 2020.

Entry Form - HSMC Mathematics Competition (click here)

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Stepney SA 5069

Address: 80 Payneham Rd, Stepney, SA, 5069

Phone: 08 8362 4332


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