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The 2008 AMC

First posted Wednesday 27 August 2008, latest revision Wednesday 18 March 2009

The 2008 AMC, the 31st AMC, was held on Thursday 31 July. A record number of schools participated. We thank schools from around Australia and countries in the Asia Pacific region for their continued support of this event which dates back to 1978 and continues to be the major mathematics school enrichment event in the region. It is also the first part of a further enrichment and problem solving program. In Australia it is also the basis of the program for training for the International Mathematical Olympiad.

This competition tests everything through from basic numeracy skills through to advanced problem solving, and this is the first year we have awarded a Proficiency Certificate for students reaching a pre-set standard in both skills and problem solving, using their skills in the world around them.

In 2007 the AMC yielded six perfect scores in the secondary section, four in Australia and one each in Singapore and Hong Kong. This year there are also six perfect scores in the secondary section, five in Singapore and one in China. There is also a perfect score in the primary section, in Malaysia.

Since 2004 the event has also been held for students in primary schools. Medals are not issued for primary students but perfect scores (Peter O'Halloran Certificates) are acknowledged and one was achieved and is listed below.

The list of medallists is given below. A wide range of countries is represented, reflecting the increasing internationalisation of the AMC. Countries not normally present but represented in this year's list include China, India, Indonesia and Thailand.

Those from Australia were presented at the University of Western Australia, Perth, on Monday 10 November, by the Governor of Western Australia, The Hon Dr Ken Michael AC.

The Hon Dr Ken Ken Michael (front), AMT Board Chairman Mr Greg Taylor and Executive Director Professor Peter Taylor with the medallists in Perth after the ceremony.

Of the national medallists four Melbourne medallists were unable to receive their medal in Perth. Arrangements were made for these four medallists to be separately presented on Monday 17 April by Professor Peter Taylor at the Brunswick Town Hall, where special guest was Councillor Alice Pryor. Three of these attended and are shown below from left Andrew Elvey Price, Aaron Chong and Shen Hao, with AMC Victorian Director Bruce Henry and AMT Executive Director Peter Taylor.


Philippine medals were presented in Manila on 15 October at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel. They were presented by Philippine Secretary for the Department of Science and Technology, Dr Estrella Alabastro, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines the Hon Rod Smith, Professor Taylor and Dr Simon L Chua, President of the Mathematics Trainers Guild of the Philippines and Philippine National AMC Director.

Shown are from left Dann Julius Chan, Carmela Antoinette Lao, Henry Jefferson Morco and Jose Enrico Leceta. Behind are Dr Chua, Dr Alabastro, Professor Taylor, The Hon Rod Smith, Dr Filma G Brauner from the Philippine Science High School and Mrs Lilia Musni Lauron, representing Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.


Singapore Medals were presented at a function at the Novotel Hotel, Clarke Quay, Singapore, on Thursday 23 October, by Mr John Newman, Australian Consul General. Ms Susan Chang of sponsors Westpac Asia was also present.

Pictured after the ceremony are the medallists, from left Vincent Brian Arifin Tjeng, Wan Moquan, Tng Jia Hao Barry, Wu Biao, Long Xueping, Ryan Kor and Zhang Aidi with Mr Newman and Ms Chang.


Malaysian medals were presented at a national function in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 26 October at the New Era College, Kajang. They were presented by Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia, the Hon. Craig Chittick. Also present was Mr Yogan Rasanayakam, General Manager of Westpac Asia.

Pictured with Peter Taylor after the function are (left) Muhammad Aqil Bin Kamarudin and Tham Ying Hong.

New Zealand

New Zealand Medals were presented in Christchurch on Thursday 30 October in the Erskine (Mathematics) Building at the University of Canterbury by University Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Weaver.

Pictured after the ceremony Professor Weaver, Alex Kendall, Da Wang, David Liu, Jefferson Wong, Professor Taylor.


The Chinese medal was presented by Peter Taylor at the Suzhou Lida School in Suzhou, on Friday 06 March 2009.

Peter Taylor is pictured with Xu Yejia during the presentation.


All five medals were presented in different presentations at schools in Taiwan on 10, 11, 12 and 13 March 2009. The most interesting was to the grandfather of medallist Chang Yu Cheng in Yuan Lin on 11 March because the boy was writing an exam at the same time.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong medals were all presented at a function at the Novotel Century Hotel on Monday 16 March 2009.

From left Chan Kelvin Kiu Wai, Chung Hil Fung Harry, Au Lawrence, Law Wai Hon and Li Hiu Chung, while in front row are Mr Ng Chung Chun, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education, Peter Taylor, and Mr Lee Pak Leung, Chief Curriculum Development Officer of Mathematics Section, Hong Kong Education Bureau.


Peter Taylor presents to Fr. A Eko Budi Santoso S.J., Principal of Canisus College, Jakarta, on Wednesday 18 March 2009, the medal won by student Wilson Kurniawan. Wilson moved to Singapore on scholarship after winning the medal and could not attend.

AMC Medallists from the Junior, Intermediate & Senior Divisions
ARGENT Joshua Launceston Church Grammar School TAS 8
BELL Daniel Hale School WA 8
BISWAS Amartya Shankha D.A.V. Model School, I.I.T. Kharagpur IND 7
BUYUKLIEV Petar Sofia Schools BUL 8
CHAN Kelvin Kiu Wai St Paul's Co-educational College HK 7
CHANG Yu Cheng Taipei County Dan Feng Junior High School TAI 7
CHEUNG Hil Fung Harry Diocesan Boys School HK 8
DAI Roland North Sydney Boys High School NSW 8
KOR Chong Luck Ryan* Raffles Institution SIN 8
KOSWARA Ivan Adrian Surya Institute IDN 7
LAO Carmela Antoinette St Jude Catholic School PHI 8
LEE Benjamin Kingswood College VIC 7
LOWE Benjamin Baulkham Hills High School NSW 8
LIU David St Kentigern College NZ 8
MORCO Henry Jefferson Chiang Kai Shek College PHI 7
NEERANARTVONG Weerachai Patumwan Demonstration School THA 8
PRODANOV Dobrin Children's Academy 21st Century BUL 8
THAM Ying Hong SMJK Katholik MAL 8
WANG Michael Camberwell Grammar School VIC 8
WONG Jefferson Albany Junior High School NZ 8
XU Yanning Norwood Morialta High School, Middle Campus SA 8
XU Yejia* Suzhou Lida School CHN 8
YUAN Yi Canberra Grammar School ACT 8
ZHANG Aidi* Raffles Girls School (Secondary) SIN 8
AU Laurence Diocesan Boys School HK 9
CHONG Aaron Doncaster Secondary College VIC 10
DANAILOV Kubrat Sofia Schools BUL 9
DE SILVA Raveen James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10
KENDALL Alex Christ's College NZ 10
KHOO Thomas St Peter's College SA 10
KURNIAWAN Wilson Mathematics Education Clinic: Canisus College, Jakarta IDN 9
LECETA Jose-Enrico Science Education Institute PHI 10
LEE Yen Yu Tainan Municipal Jiansing Junior High School TAI 9
LEI Yitao All Saints Anglican Senior School QLD 10
LI Hiu Chung South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School HK 10
LIANG Alfred Trinity Grammar School VIC 10
LIAO Jyun Yuan Kaohsiung Municipal Yang Ming Junior High School TAI 9
LOO Lynton Edviano SMJK Sin Min MAL 10
LU Colin Melbourne Grammar School VIC 9
LONDON Alexander Sydney Grammar School NSW 10
RAK-AMNOUYKIT Thipok Patumwan Demonstration School THA 10
TAN Dann Julius Chiang Kai Shek College PHI 10
TJENG Vincent Brian Arifin* Raffles Institution SIN 10
TNG Jia Hao Barry* Raffles Institution SIN 10
WAN Moquan* River Valley High School SIN 10
WONG Cynthia MacGregor State High School QLD 9
CHANG Yu Cheng National Changhua Senior High School TAI 12
CHEUNG Paul Sydney Technical High School NSW 12
ELVEY PRICE Andrew Brunswick Secondary College VIC 11
LAW Wai Hon Pui Ching Middle School HK 12
LONG Xueping Raffles Junior College SIN 12
MA Jingshun Homebush Boys High School NSW 12
MUHAMMAD Aqil Bin Kamarudin Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah MAL 11
SHEN Hao Kilmore International School VIC 12
WANG Da Auckland Grammar School NZ 12
WONG Chefung Anglican Church Grammar School QLD 11
WU Biao Raffles Junior College SIN 12
XU Ferris All Saints College WA 11
YANG Bo Jyun National Tainan First Senior High School TAI 12
* denotes perfect score: Peter O'Halloran certificate


Primary School Perfect Scores: Peter O'Halloran Certificates
Middle Primary
TIN Jun Hao SJK (C) Chen Moh MAL 4
Upper Primary
No perfect score