A hum of activity has emanated from the Maths and Computing Department this term, with our mathematicians enhancing and stretching their skills through a variety of competitions, including the Mathematical Education on Merseyside Challenge involving over 80 Blue Coat students and the UK Maths Trust’s Intermediate Challenge. The latter resulted in a record breaking performance, with students from Years 9 to 11 achieving 33 Gold, 63 Silver and 38 Bronze certificates at the start of February. Following on from the success of the Intermediate Challenge 32 students have qualified for the next round, with a further 4 taking part in the Intermediate Maths Olympiad and 28 in the Intermediate Kangaroo.
UKMT Team Maths Challenge
On March 23rd Ambrose and Eashan from Year 8, and Olivia and Safwan from Year 9 participated in the Regional Final of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge, held at St Edwards. In the weeks leading up to the competition members of the team trained incredibly hard, and their efforts were rewarded with a valiant second place, behind a formidable team from Merchant Taylors.
After a successful Bebras Competition last term, 195 of our computing students took part in the follow-on round of this popular competition. Students enjoyed the challenges and are currently awaiting their results.
Girls’ Cyber First competition
With computer coding becoming increasingly popular amongst our female students, 42 computer students from Year 10 took part in the Girls’ Cyber First competition, run by the Nation Cyber Security Centre. The competition took place over a number of weeks with online challenges being completed. Four of our teams did particularly well, scoring over 250 points.
Maths House Relays
March saw the return of the Maths House Relays. Students from Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 participated in the relay which took place in Shirley Hall, assisted by a large number of Sixth Form students. As always this was a vibrant event, hugely enjoyed by all. Students are eagerly awaiting the results to see if they have managed to secure a much sought after Bronze, Silver or Gold Medal.
Inspiring Futures Careers Talks
During February the Maths Department welcomed back Old Blue Stephen Chen from the Class of 2016 to encourage Year 11 students to consider pursuing Maths and Further Maths A Levels. Stephen also met with our Year 12 Further Maths students to highlight his own experience of the Oxbridge application system, having applied to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Stephen is currently undertaking a Year in Industry Placement with EDF Energy prior to starting his course in September.
The department also invited former student Jenny Williams from the Class of 2012 to talk to girls in Years 10 and Year 11 about the benefits of studying Maths and Further Maths at A Level. Jenny also took time to meet with our large cohort of Year 12 Further Maths students, to discuss university applications and Actuarial Science. Jenny is currently studying for her Masters at Manchester, before starting work at Barnett Waddingham.
At the beginning of March Liverpool University undergraduate students visited the School to talk to our Year 12 mathematicians, to provide them with a first-hand insight into what it is like to study Maths at University. Those attending also had the opportunity to experience a flavour of a Maths Lecture. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the event and found the information shared to be extremely useful.
Thanks go to our Development Fund supporters, as the School’s Development Fund enabled our students to take part in the various local and national competitions.