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During the second week of November Blue Coat students from Years 7 to 13 took part in the UK Bebras Challenge for Computational Thinking. Hosted in over forty countries around the world, this Challenge is designed to get students excited about computer science.

Taking place during one of their Computing lessons, our students tackled a series of challenging yet fun computer science problems, demonstrating their logic and reasoning skills along the way.

The results are now in and we are pleased to report that our students performed fantastically well, achieving certificates in each of the four age categories as follows:

  • Junior (Year 7): 31 Distinctions and 31 Merits
  • Intermediate (Year 8 and Year 9): 53 Distinctions and 52 Merits
  • Senior (Year 10 and Year 11): 56 Distinctions and 54 Merits
  • Elite (Year 12 and Year 13): 3 Distinctions and 3 Merits

Special congratulations go to Yusef Khand (Year 7), Joe Holland (Year 9), Jonathan Liu (Year 11) and Daniel Cheug (Year 13) who received the highest scores in their age category, earning them the title ‘Best in School’. Joe Holland also scored full marks in the Intermediate category.

We are now waiting to hear which students will be invited to attend the final round of the competition and celebration event in Hertford College and the Computer Laboratories at Oxford University in 2017.

Additionally, the top 10% of students nationally will be invited to enter a follow-on competition, the Kestrel Challenge, in March 2017.

Mr McBride – Computing Subject Coordinator

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