Sunshine Coast Grammar School Year 4 student James Luu is the ICAS Australian Dux 2016. He is pictured with principal Maria Woods and head of primary Paul Clegg.
Sunshine Coast Grammar School Year 4 student James Luu is the ICAS Australian Dux 2016. He is pictured with principal Maria Woods and head of primary Paul Clegg. CONTRIBUTED

No maths challenge too great for this Year 4 student

Sunshine Coast Grammar student James Luu has secured the highest score in Australia for the 2016 Australian ICAS Mathematics Challenge for Year 4.

This is the first time in Grammar's history that a Year 4 student has achieved the No.1 spot and the school community came together to recognise this accomplishment that many keen maths students dream of achieving.

James began his school journey at Grammar in Prep.

During Year 1, students undertook formal diagnostic testing in which James's results spoke for themselves.

Identified as a gifted and talented student at Grammar, James has been nurtured in accelerated mathematics with the help of learning support and enrichment assistant Sharyn Cunningham.

"James is an inspiring student whose mathematical mind is nothing short of brilliant for someone so young," Mrs Cunningham said.

"He has a wonderful passion for mathematics and is always seeking to be challenged further."

Principal Maria Woods the whole school had felt a euphoric sense of success.

"We are thrilled for James and his family," Mrs Woods said.

"His success is a true reflection of how gifted and talented children have unique educational needs, and that it is important to offer a diverse range of extended learning opportunities for each individual student."

ICAS Mathematics assesses students' skills and knowledge across five areas including: algebra and patterns, chance and data, measures and units, number and arithmetic as well as space and geometry.

Developed by Educational Assessment Australia as the most comprehensive skills-based educational assessment program available, ICAS recognises and rewards student achievement for primary and secondary school students across a number of core subjects.

James will be recognised at an official medal presentation at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre on December 3.


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