In the spring of 2016, St. Patrick’s High School’s Math Students competed in their first ever Gr. 11 and 12 Math League Contest in Brockville. There were a total of 51 teams from Kingston, Almonte, Brockville and Ottawa and one of the two St. Patrick’s teams won the gold! In the individual competition, though our student was still in grade 10, he represented our school and won a bronze medal against 22 other “mathletes”.
Thus it is no surprise that the St. Patrick’s Math Department is the recipient of this year’s Secondary School Department Award for Exceptional and Collaborative mathematics Teaching. The award is given by Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME). According to OAME, the department received the award for their, “Innovative and creative uses of modern technologies, to day-to-day professional learning and dialogue, to the strong support you have for each other as well as that afforded by all the stakeholders in your program.” OAME was highlighted, “The eloquent letter of support provided by your student Eli Yammine [he] reiterated what your many other supporters had to say about your remarkable efforts.” Eli attests to how well he was prepared for his post-secondary education: “Beyond St Patrick’s High School, I continue to use techniques in my studies in Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University. From learning how to look at a problem from several viewpoints, to building upon the techniques that I already possess. There’s not a moment that I look at in my Math courses and say that I used nothing or will use nothing in my future. The only thing left to say is that St Patrick’s High School’s Math Department has helped me in more ways than I can count . . .”
St. Patrick’s is very proud of the dedication and caring our teachers demonstrate on a daily basis. They are a professional learning community who constantly question and revise what they are doing to meet the needs of students. Not only that, but they give freely of their time everyday doing ‘Math Madness’ which is extra help offered everyday at lunch.