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What we are

The Bay of Plenty Mathematical Association (BoPMA) is a voluntary group of mainly secondary school teachers who meet from time to time.

BOPMA has been representing Maths teachers in the region for many years. The region includes the Western Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, and extends south to Taupo. It is a dynamic servant of Mathematics education in the region. In its affiliation to the national body (NZAMT) it facilitates national co-operation.

The Bay of Plenty Mahematics Association runs the annual inter-school MathsMind, a lively contest in which Year 9 and Year 10 students answer as many questions as possible in a set interval of time.

Other activities are mainly centred on professional development for fellow colleagues, the main event being the annual Mini Conference. The annual Dinner & AGM is a popular annual event in Term 1.

Committee meetings are held from time to time. Each school is invited to send one, or more, teachers to these meetings. Committee meetings now have a small slot for professional development, as well as the normal agenda.

Fees
Funding the operations of BoPMA comes from (a) donations and (b) fees from schools. The fees from schools are agreed to by the Committee, the group of Heads of Mathematics for the region.
The fees are $90 for schools with rolls 1000, or more, and $70 for schools under 1000. This one-off fee pays for both the annual subscription to BoPMA and for MathsMind, regardless of the number of teams entered for MathsMind.