On the 2nd February, Tokino and Rebecca in Year 12 and Clarissa and Lydia in Year 13 travelled to London with Mrs Malkin to compete in the Senior Team Maths Challenge National Final. This was following winning the Manchester Regional Final back in November.
After an early train down to London we soon arrived at the Royal Horticultural Halls where the competition was being held.
The first round was the poster competition. This year the theme was Kirkman’s Schoolgirl Problem and Steiner Systems. Having prepared some materials in advance, we were able to produce what we believed to be a very attractive poster incorporating the answers to three questions on the topic posed to us on the day. We even managed to include some origami flowers!
Then the competition really started. We faced three separate rounds of tough questions: a group round, a cross-number and a relay round. We performed well as a team, and were particularly pleased with the group round in which we scored 57 points out of a possible 60.
Overall we finished 17th out of 86 teams competing. We are all incredibly proud of this achievement, especially since the competition was comprised largely of independent schools and was very male-dominated!
The school has now reached the national final of the competition for the past two years, so hopefully we can do the same again next year and be just as successful!