LOCAL math prodigy Marcus Rees will be taking his astounding academic abilities to high school this year.
The student, who will be starting grade seven in February, has won seven academic medals since grade three.
Marcus was recently presented with the rare Dual Medalist Plaque for winning both the UNSW ICAS mathematics and science medals at the South Hobart Primary School leavers’ assembly.
His father Chris Rees said he and his family were extremely proud of Marcus’ achievements.
“We were ‘gobsmacked’ when Marcus won the Dual Medalist Plaque and so grateful for the support he has received from South Hobart Primary School,” he said.
“All the teaching staff at South Hobart have been very encouraging of our two boys, particularly former principal Greg Turner, who took their abilities seriously to help them become the best they can be.
“We are also really grateful for Sally Wright, who encourages students to participate in these competitions, and principal Cathy Franz, who has done an amazing job since Greg left.”
“These academic competitions provide more challenging work. I think it was important to extend Marcus so he did not feel bored at school.”
While the avid sportsman and fantasy reader excelled at mathematics he was also recognised for his achievements in spelling and English.
Due to his achievements inside and outside the classroom, Taroona High School awarded Marcus with one of the first bursaries to the school.
South Hobart Primary School principal Cathy Franz said she was sad to see Marcus leave but was extremely excited for his future.
“Whatever Marcus chooses to do with his life, he will excel at it,” she said.
“Not only is he very talented at academia, particularly mathematics, he is a very good person.
“Marcus has a lovely sense of humour, is very grounded and very willing to help others, very caring, has a strong ethical background, and is sensitive and mature.”
Mr Rees said his family was very impressed with the contact they have had with Taroona High so far.
“We are really looking forward to Marcus’ time at Taroona as it appears the school offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities,” he said.
“The location on the beach is also unbeatable – it definitely infuses the relaxed and positive feel of the school.”
Ms Franz said Marcus’ achievements were not only a credit to his hard work but also a great reflection on the state school system.
“This is not only a great achievement for Marcus, but for his teachers and his family who were all so proud of him,” she said.
“I believe Marcus’s achievements are representative of the support public education offers its students.”