The Hamann School Mathematics Competition

for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Prizes 2023

Competition Date | Wednesday 8th March

Important | Closing Date | Friday 17th February

to enter (click here)

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 competition entry fee is $5.00 per student (GST included). Please (click here) for entry form & forward to MASA | entries close strictly on Monday 17th February 2023.

Competition Details

It is for South Australian talented Mathematical students in Years 4 - 12. Four papers will be set as indicated below.

  • Primary of 1 hour for students  Years 4 - 6 (17 questions) 
  • Junior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 7 – 8 (20 questions)
  • Intermediate Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 9 – 10 (20 questions)
  • Senior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 11 – 12 (20 questions)

Note: the use of scientific & graphic calculators is not permitted for any papers.

Each year more than 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 from 4.15pm on Monday 20th March at Urrbrae Agricultural High School.

Prizes are awarded for each division at Judges’ discretion. Monetary prizes donated by SPE are awarded to the Top Ten Students of each level, as well as those who achieve High Distinction & Distinction (who all also receive Certificates). Credit Certificates, Judges’ Commendation and Judges’ Encouragement Certificates are awarded as judged. Participation Certificate templates are sent to participating schools to be distributed to all entrants.  
Winners and their parents are invited to the Presentation Night held on Tuesday 9th May 2023 from  7.00pm – 9.00pm (approx.) at Dorothy Yates Hall, Pembroke School, Holden Street, Kensington Gardens. 

Covid regulations may require us to make a change to this plan. 

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

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