We are very proud of our four A-level students who last night won the national UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge - a championship attended by the best maths students from all over the UK. Thank you to our Maths tutor Matthew White for organising and guiding the students through the entire process and on to winning the team challenge. Matthew says: "The team of Karen Poon, Minsuk Kim, Gwanyong Kim and Angela Lee performed fantastically, scoring 174 out of 186 across three challenging rounds - the organisers from the UK Mathematics Trust and Further Maths Support Programme specifically mentioned that this was a high-scoring heat. There were 24 teams there, respresenting a big cross-section across the Oxfordshire education sector; Abingdon Boys School were second (5 points behind) and Cherwell were third. The students all received a cup and Terry's chocolate orange, as well as a certificate which I would like to present in assembly on Tuesday."
As a consequence of winning, the team will now take part in the national final, which takes place in Westminster on Tuesday 6th February. This competition follows a similar format (with harder questions) to the regional final, but also includes a poster competition. In a few weeks time, we will be given an area of mathematics to research ahead of the final. The first round will then be to produce an A1 poster on this topic.
We are equally proud of all our students who also did extremely well in the Individual Senior Maths Challenge the previous week. Of the 44 students who took part, 34 received an award certificate and the following places were won:
- 18 bronze
- 7 silver
- 9 gold
Those who achieved gold are eligible to take part in the follow-up round which will take place in December. Four of the students, Hyunchan, Yunsang, Gwanyong and Shazril, scored high enough that they could have tried out for a place in the UK Maths Olympiad team which unfortunately is only open to British nationals.