Cath­cart pupil among SA’s bright­est minds

Daily Dispatch - - News - By TEMBILE SGQOLANA

CATH­CART High School Grade 9 pupil Martin Ros­souw was named the best per­form­ing pupil in quin­tile four schools for grades 8 and 9 in the coun­try as he came top at the SA Na­tional Math­e­mat­ics Olympiad (Samo).

Com­ing from a small town like Cath­cart did not stop the 15-year-old from fly­ing his school’s and the prov­ince’s flag high when he par­tic­i­pated in the ju­nior di­vi­sion of quin­tile four schools.

The Samo, which is or­gan­ised by the South African Math­e­mat­ics Foun­da­tion, is the big­gest olympiad in the coun­try, with al­most 100 000 pupils par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Ros­souw said maths was his favourite sub­ject as he found it chal­leng­ing.

“Al­though I am not yet en­tirely sure which ca­reer I might choose in the fu­ture, I am sure that it will involve math­e­mat­ics,” he said.

Cath­cart High School prin­ci­pal Noeleen Hart said Ros­souw had made the school proud.

“He has been in­vited to the South African Math­e­mat­ics Foun­da­tion award func­tion at the Krys­tal Beach Ho­tel in Gor­don’s Bay on Septem­ber 23 to re­ceive his award,” she said.

Ros­souw’s maths teacher, Mary Brown, de­scribed the pupil as be­ing “a nat­u­rally gifted math­e­ma­ti­cian”.

The ju­nior di­vi­sion con­sists of sep­a­rate pa­pers for Grades 8 and 9 and the se­nior di­vi­sion has one pa­per for Grades 10 to 12.

Each pa­per con­sists of 20 ques­tions with mul­ti­ple-choice an­swers and pupils have one hour to com­plete the pa­per.

Each school is pro­vided with the so­lu­tions and, for this ini­tial round, the teach­ers mark the pa­pers.

Learn­ers who at­tain 50% or higher in the first round qual­ify for the sec­ond round, which was writ­ten in May.

There are sep­a­rate pa­pers for the ju­niors and se­niors. This time the grades 8 and 9 pupils write the same pa­per and pupils have two hours to com­plete twenty ques­tions.

The best 100 se­nior and ju­nior pupils from the pre­vi­ous round qual­ify for the third round. — them­biles@dis­

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TAL­ENTED: Cath­cart high school grade 9 pupil Martin Ros­souw

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