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Secondary students to compete in Kangaroo Mathematics Competition

In March 2018, our secondary Mathematics students will compete in the world-wide Kangaroo Mathematics competition for the first time.

By Julia Reid, maths

This competition is based on the very successful Australian Mathematics Competition which has been running since 1980. In 1995 the organisation AKSF (Association Kangourou sans Frontières) was established in France with The Netherlands as a foundation member. The name Kangaroo was taken to honour the origin of the competition.

Participants take the test on the same day all over the world

More than 6.5 million students from all over the world enter this competition with more than 70 countries being members of the AKSF. Top scoring students are offered the opportunity to participate further in a final and may even reach the Junior Mathematics Olympiad.


Students can choose to enter the Kangaroo competition as an individual or as a team of two. If entering as a team of two the students are not eligible to win prizes. The questions are multiple choice and encourage problem solving and thinking skills. All the participants take the test on the same day all around the world. They all receive a certificate and many prizes are also given. More information about the competition will be given early next year.

Students can find practice papers in English on the W4Kangaroe website.