TES stu­dents achieve out­stand­ing re­sults in the SE Asia Math­e­mat­ics Com­pe­ti­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Stu­dents of the Taipei Euro­pean School (TES) who at­tended the 2015 South East Asia Math­e­mat­ics Com­pe­ti­tion (SEAMC) tak­ing place in Hong Kong re­cently had out­stand­ing per­for­mance in the con­test, ac­cord­ing to a TES press re­lease.

Some 40 in­ter­na­tional schools from across the re­gion were in at­ten­dance, all of whom have been work­ing hard all year to pre­pare for this pres­ti­gious event. Each school brought along two teams and each team had three stu­dents, TES stated.

TES achieved third place in the over­all team com­pe­ti­tion, third place in the team round, third place in the “pass­back” round, came first in the ac­tiv­ity team round and an in­di­vid­ual cham­pion award was won by Alex Lee among of the 240 stu­dents.

Th­ese are by far the best re­sults TES has had and is a tes­ti­mony to the high lev­els of pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of our stu­dents, said TES.


Steve Warry, an en­thu­si­as­tic teacher from Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur, had a be­lief that math­e­mat­ics could be a “spec­ta­tor sport.” In pur­suit of this, he or­ga­nized the South East Asian Math­e­mat­ics Com­pe­ti­tion ( SEAMC) for March 2001. Trag­i­cally, he passed away a week prior to the com­pe­ti­tion, but the event went ahead and Steve’s dream be­came a re­al­ity, ac­cord­ing to TES.

SEAMC has evolved into an an­nual 2-day event or­ga­nized by lo­cal vol­un­teer teach­ers on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis through­out the re­gion. Hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional school stu­dents, aged 15 or younger, and their teach­ers come to­gether for a long week­end (usu­ally at the end of Fe­bru­ary) each year to share their en­thu­si­asm for math­e­mat­ics and prob­lem solv­ing. Each school en­ters two teams of three stu­dents and the Warry Cup is awarded to the over­all win­ning team each year.

Ev­ery SEAMC event has five com­mon rounds and then the host coun­try adds more be­spoke rounds ac­cord­ing to fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources avail­able. The five com­mon rounds are: Two in­di­vid­ual multi-choice pa­pers, a team ques­tion pa­per, a carousel of prac­ti­cal team ac­tiv­i­ties and an “en­er­gizer” round.

While there ex­ists a healthy com­pet­i­tive spirit, em­pha­sis is on pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to build friend­ships with peers from other schools. This is em­pha­sized through the buddy team rounds, said TES.

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