The Living Maths Mathletics Olympiad was started in 2000. It
caters for students from Grade R up to Grade 9. It offers content
that matches the CAPS curriculum and additional content that
encourages critical and analytical thinking. The Olympiad was
started to offer students and teachers the opportunity to engage
with problem solving in both a fun and challenging way. Our
Olympiad caters for the whole grade, but does offer bonus
questions for the advanced students. The Olympiad allows us to
identify talent, share resources with teachers, encourage students
to engage with maths and teachers often use our Olympiad for
Schools, Centres, Home-schools and individuals can enter.
Students can participate as individuals or in pairs.
Living Maths creates, facilitates and processes the entire
Students are encouraged to participate in this Olympiad simply
because the questions are engaging and promote discussion
around topics in maths. The strongest students will be challenged
with the broad range of bonus questions. We are looking to
identify talented students.
Grade R - 9 students from schools based in South Africa and
around the world. We might be adding grades 10-12 in the future.
How it works
A Google folder contains all the Olympiad papers, memos,
instruction sheets and notices. Any school that is interested in
taking part needs to contact us to join our Olympiad mailing list.
We will send you the link and you have about 1 month to write
the Olympiad – allowing for flexibility. Schools print the papers
and mark them. They then send us the top three results in the
pairs and top three results in individual’s categories in each
grade. We then collate the results and send out certificates and
prizes to the top students in the country.
A voluntary fee of R5 per student. No student is declined for
Each student is issued with a Certificate of Participation which is
provided to the school in the Olympiad Google Folder. The top
students in the country receive special certificates from Living
Maths and a SHARP Calculator.
Students take part from around the whole of South Africa,
SADC, Africa, USA, UK, Australia, Greece, Germany, etc. All
schools are welcome to take part and we would love to reach
more cities in South Africa and countries around the world.
The Olympiad takes place around the middle of October until the
middle of November each year.