Andamooka, located 612km north of Adelaide is a small opal mining town boasting a population of less than 400 people. The local primary school, led by principal Tricia Williams, along with three classroom teachers and a handful of support staff, provides a wonderful nurturing environment for the 27 students who currently attend the school.
Andamooka Primary School have been a part of the CHOOSEMATHS program since 2016 and their ongoing commitment to improving student outcomes in mathematics has helped shape a great collaborative partnership with AMSI and the CHOOSEMATHS team.
Recently, that partnership extended to the delivery of a CHOOSEMATHS Family Night where Andamooka Primary School invited the parents from the local community to join in for some family maths fun along with their kids. The event was held at the Andamooka Community Hall on the 16th of March and was attended by many teachers, parents and students. Nadia Abdelal, the AMSI Schools Outreach Officer for the area, gave an introductory presentation to the parents on ways that they can support their children at home in their mathematics learning, as well and how they can extend this support to the school. The night finished with a variety of maths games and activities all enjoyed by the Andamooka families, many of whom took some great ideas home with them.
Video courtesy of Tricia Williams, Andamooka Primary School
Overall, it was a great night with some really positive feedback from all members of the school community and plans have already been made for CHOOSEMATHS Family Night 2019.