Junior Maths Challenge – An Excellent Performance

On the Wednesday 26th April,42 of our year 7 and 8 mathematicians took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

This national challenge consists of 25 maths problems which test students’ logical thinking, ability to problem solve, and extension of understanding to the mathematical ideas they cover in their maths lessons.

The students did themselves and the school proud with 20 of the participants managing to come away with a Bronze or better award.

Well done to Joshua, Luca, Shasho, Leon, Mason, Natan, Bobby, Anil, Benjamin and Eva in year 7 and Ardil, Tyler, Zachary, Filip, Ashlea, Danny, Alexi, Talliah, Alexandra and Umut in year 8 making a “podium place”.

The competition is a national event and gaining even a bronze award is a huge achievement, and special congratulations go to Danny, Alexi and Filip for gaining the Silver award, and Zachary for also gaining a “best in year group” Silver award, narrowly missing out on Gold.

Students who are reach a particular score, can be invited to a subsequent round of challenge with a even smaller portion of the country taking part. I am delighted to report that Joshua in year 7 not only gained the gold award by a huge margin, but is also invited to the next round of competition and will gain a chance to compete against some of the best mathematicians in the country in his age group.

All Silver and gold award students were awarded certificates and a book to congratulate them on their excellent achievement.

Well done to all those that participated! For anyone who would like to take part next year, the UKMT website has a comprehensive collection of past papers which can be used for practice. These challenges are meant to be fun, and are meant to push you out of your comfort zone, so they are an excellent resource for students who enjoy a challenge.