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I find it amazing that the start of the AFL season is just around the corner. In Common Denominator last month the MAV let you know that Peter Daicos and the folk at Score Five Footy have been working hard to tailor their footy tipping game and create a dedicated website for all mathematics enthusiasts to play in a head-to-head/School-on-school statewide MAV footy tipping competition. There are some great individual and team prizes, including 4 school presentations or footy training sessions for the winning schools by the great Peter Daicos himself. This is the MAV's first special, dedicated footy tipping competition. It should be fun!. The Score Five team has created a site that, apart from being the best footy tipping game, can help student tipsters improve maths skills and knowledge through the various interactive maths features of the game website. The site is now ACTIVE at at and taking registrations. There's plenty of pop-up help and data to hone those tips with. Comprehensive “How to Play”, prize details and other guidance can be readily found on the website and any questions/queries can be sent to Score Five using the “Help” function at the bottom of the website pages.

Everyone in your school, including the parents and teachers, will have an opportunity to contribute to your school team's success. (A school team comprises the best scoring combo of playing 22 students, teachers and parents.) Teachers and parents can also win great prizes for your school through their personal performance. This means there is a real incentive for everyone to play each week and contribute to their school team's scores as best they can. So, if you haven't signed up already, get on your skates and get your school team squad building up for the off!

And after you have let all of your students know about this competition specially set up for the MAV (Thanks Score Five!), you will have time to check some quick mathematics education news items:

  1. TEAM:P Working Towards an Australian Curriculum Conference - Friday, 23 March 2012 - Moorabbin
  2. Scholarships to attend Building a Culture for Partnering, 27 March and 8 May 2012
  3. Two times seven is … Minus two times minus two is …
  4. Quick MAV promos
  5. The MAV needs YOU!
  6. New badge designs | Dinosaur resurrection
  7. AAMT discussion list
  8. 29 February. Please explain
  9. Government directions

1. TEAM:P Working Towards an Australian Curriculum Conference - Friday, 23 March 2012 - Moorabbin
In January 2013, the VELS website will be decommissioned and archived and the 2013+ AusVELS website will become the source for the mandated curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic schools. This website will also be available to all independent schools as a model and resource for the effective implementation of the Australian Curriculum. In 2013 Government and Catholic sector schools will use AusVELS for curriculum planning, assessment and reporting. This will be the current VELS curriculum with the Learning Focus and Standards for English, Mathematics, Science and History replaced by the respective Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions and Achievement Standards. This primary schools conference will focus on English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum and on providing teachers with quality resources and ideas to successfully implement the new curriculum in their schools. With keynote presentations from Professor Kate Burridge from Monash University and David Leigh-Lancaster from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority along with workshops by university lecturers, classroom teachers and education professionals this conference is a must for all primary schools

2. Scholarships to attend Building a Culture for Partnering, 27 March and 8 May 2012
Would you like your mathematics classes to be linked to the world beyond the school grounds? Jana Gerovska reports that the Business Working with Education (BWE) Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships to Maths and Science teachers to attend ‘Building a culture for partnering’, a two day event to be run by the ACER Tender Bridge team with the BWE Foundation that examines:

  • Sound practical ideas drawn from research and real world cases
  • Benefits of partnering
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Developing partnerships
  • Evaluating partnerships
  • Access to support between program days

Program details can be found at: and you can e-mail Jana Gerovska This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information about applying for a scholarship.

3. Two times seven is … Minus two times minus two is …
Help your students to check out the latest Age online articles by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross

As an aid to the classroom discussions these two articles should provoke, the Maths Masters have added a clip where Maxwell Smart gives the times tables a go and a piece from one of their favourite movies Stand and Deliver. Both are at

4. Quick MAV promos
VCAA Mathematics Exam Solutions 2012
Mathematics Active Schools
Maths 300 and the differentiated Australian Curriculum - Professional Development - City and Country Venues:

Meet the Examiners - March and April 2012

Primary Mathematics Workshop -Working Mathematically in the Australian Curriculum : Number and Algebra (F- 6):

Membership renewal DUE NOW

5. The MAV needs YOU!
There is plenty to do here at the MAV office. A lot involves reaching out to members and giving them a helping hand. If you are a student mathematics teacher, a retired teacher or a teacher with some spare time (does such a beast exist?) with a desire to 'give something back' to your profession, then why not consider volunteering for the MAV? Assistance is needed supporting members with inquiries, assisting with professional development activities MAV publications and a whole lot more. The MAV has volunteers' insurance for your protection, would provide a safe, friendly and flexible workplace for you to volunteer and would only ever ask you to undertake tasks you are happy to do. Please drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

And while we are talking about volunteering; have you ever thought about serving on the MAV Council? So here is the formal bit: In accordance with Article 12(D) of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of The Mathematical Association of Victoria nominations are hereby called for membership of Council of the Mathematical Association of Victoria for the period May 2012 to May 2013. Nominations close on Tuesday, 10 April 2012. A nomination need not be on a copy of the form found at to be valid, but the acceptance of the nominee must be clearly indicated in writing. Nominations should be delivered to the office of the MAV, “Cliveden”, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick, 3056, by close of business, Tuesday, 10 April 2012. The 2012 – 2013 Council will be elected at the AGM, which is to be held on Tuesday, 8 May 2012.

6. New badge designs | Dinosaur resurrection
'Like' the old I'm a Mathesaurus badge at and it might just get a freshen up. And while you are at it, fire up some students for some all new badge designs. Designs need to be mathematically orientated, and the artwork should be designed to fit a 44mm circle. Entries are open to any MAV member, student or teacher from an MAV member school. Email your design (in high resolution PDF format) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 30 March. You should know that the ones already submitted are SUPER!

7. AAMT discussion list
As an MAV member you are also a members of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. The AAMT conducts an excellent discussion list for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary mathematics educators. Questions and answers about teaching mathematics make up the bulk of the discussion. To subscribe to the list, follow the instructions at

8. 29 February. Please explain.
And that is just what the CSIRO boffins do at Maths and Stats by E-mail their Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute supported online resource for the mathematics classroom.

9. Government directions
Minister Dixon's Victoria as a Learning Community speech in November 2011 certainly lays out the framework for what will be happening in your school as 2012 unfolds and the Energising Science and Mathematics Education strategy helps with the background for this.

That is your lot today! Keep in touch. Let me know of any mathematics education news worth passing on. Change a student's life for the better. 'Till next time;




Simon Pryor

Simon Pryor FSAE
Chief Executive Officer
The Mathematical Association of Victoria
Cliveden, 61 Blyth Street
Tel: 03-9380 2399 Fax: 03-9389 0399
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