It all adds up for RGS Mathematicians
4th Jul 2017

This year has been particularly busy in terms of Maths Challenges, with a total of 841 boys sitting the UKMT Maths Challenges across the school and the creation of the new Maths Challenge Club on Monday lunchtimes.

The Senior Maths Challenge took place in the Autumn Term and was aimed at the top 199 mathematicians in Years 11, 12 and 13.  Over all, members of the school gained 33 Gold, 58 Silver and 67 Bronze certificates, with 26 students going on to either the first round of the Mathematical Olympiad or the European Kangaroo Mathematics Competition.  Four merits (the top level for the Kangaroo Round) were gained and Chris Finn in Year 12 achieved a distinction in the Olympiad Paper.  During the same term the Senior Maths Team Challenge took place and the team of Edward Hutchings, Chris Finn, Matthew Hinde and Arya Pourkarimi came a very creditable fourth out of a field of 28 schools.  Next year, after a bit more practice, we aim to beat Eton College, this year’s victors!

In the Spring Term it was the turn of the top 266 mathematicians in Years 9, 10 and 11 to compete in the Intermediate Maths Challenge.  The students accrued a massive haul of certificates, 39 of these Gold, 90 Silver and 86 Bronze.  A staggering 43 students won places in the next rounds of the competition, 14 of them going on to gain Merits in the Kangaroo Paper and both Alexander Curran and Sean Cohen achieving Distinctions on the Olympiad Paper.  The Team Maths Challenge also took place before Easter, with Harry Langford, David Walastyan, Joshua Henry and Vishwa Hettiarachchi competing for the school.

The last UKMT Challenge of the academic year was the Junior round, in which all Year 7 and 8 boys had the chance to participate.  Out of the 376 boys who sat the paper, 48 won Gold certificates, 78 won Silver and 104 gained Bronze.  18 boys were successful in moving on to the next round, with 4 of these gaining Merits in the Kangaroo Paper.  However, the best performance of the season was by Nakul Nataraj in Year 7, who not only gained a distinction in the Junior Olympiad, but was also awarded a Silver Medal for being in the top 90 Year 7 and 8 students in the country.  An excellent result that bodes well for future challenges!

The whole of Year 9 have recently sat the Plymouth Maths Challenge Paper, a new competition in only its second year.  We await their results eagerly!

Well done to all the students who have taken part in the UKMT Maths Challenges, Plymouth Maths Challenge and Team events this year and a big thank you to Chris Finn who has helped to run Maths Challenge Club.