When it comes to pure mathematics, Old Boy Pete Jenkins (1997) exudes a true passion that has always been a joy… and a struggle. Whilst enjoying mathematics from a young age, he remembers always finding it very challenging. Pete says: “The key is to embrace the challenge and not wish that it was easy. The more time you spend studying and exploring the intricacies of these patterns and structures, the more satisfying you find the experience.”

Pete says he was also fortunate enough to have some very inspiring mathematics teachers here at Churchie that not only helped bring a lot of clarity to the subject, but also helped him to become more confident. Mr Peter Coyne, who he considers to be his best mathematics teacher, had a teaching style that Pete admired. “Mr Coyne was extremely organised, calm and helpful, and he was very good at organising challenging ideas in a way that was logical and clear, without oversimplifying things.”

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of Queensland, Pete then completed Honours and eventually a PhD in Mathematics. Whilst completing his PhD Pete spent time lecturing and given his level of enjoyment he completed a graduate Diploma in Education enabling him to teach at secondary school level. He is currently the Head of Mathematics Curriculum Development and Tennis Coordinator at Brisbane Girls Grammar School (BGGS).

Pete enjoys tennis outside of school as well and has started competing in many of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) senior tournaments.