Pupils go for gold in global maths con­test

Stu­dents battle for top honours in chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EIGHT Bucks pupils bat­tled it out with more than 250,000 stu­dents world­wide af­ter com­pet­ing an in­ter­na­tional maths battle.

And other young­sters from Gay­hurst School took part in a ju­nior maths chal­lenge which saw 10 pupils fin­ish in the top 15 per cent out of over 200,000 oth­ers.

The eight chil­dren took part in the an­nual su­perT­matik In­ter­na­tional Men­tal Math Com­pe­ti­tion, along with 65 other coun­tries, which saw them play an on­line maths game and com­pete against stu­dents from around the world to com­plete 15 ques­tions in the fastest time.

The fi­nal po­si­tions of Gay­hurst com­peti­tors were: Ai­den Meazzo, who came 28th, and Daniel

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STAR PUPILS: James Gow­ers and Wil­liam Starrs who took part in a maths chal­lenge at Gay­hurst School James, who fin­ished 140th, in the Cat­e­gory 5 sec­tion out of 39,780 en­tries.

Tarun Eapen, who fin­ished 15th and Alex Lee who came 147th in the Cat­e­gory 6 sec­tion out of 36,920 en­tries.

James Gow­ers, 10th and Tommy Gorm­ley, 236th, in the Cat­e­gory 7 sec­tion out of 37,700 en­tries.

Wil­liam Starrs, 6th, Ja­son Ram­sey, 178th, in the Cat­e­gory 8 sec­tion out of 33,150 en­tries.

The UKMT Ju­nior Maths Chal­lenge saw pupils take part in a mul­tichoice maths prob­lem solv­ing pa­per with stu­dents from across the coun­try.

Gold awards were given to James Gow­ers and Wil­liam Starrs for fin­ish­ing in the top five per cent in their cat­e­gory, com­ing 10th and sixth re­spec­tively.

Finn Mitchell, Jensen El­lis and Ben Hunt all re­ceived sil­ver medals for fin­ish­ing in the top 10 per cent, and bronze awards were awarded to Aman Rana, Hadley Clarke, Ben Kingston, Ea­mon Dil­lon and Ben Gill for fin­ish­ing in the top 15 per cent. A UGAN­DAN Chil­dren’s choir vis­ited Bucks and 500 peo­ple watched as they per­formed their live show.

Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir per­formed ‘Oh What Love’ over two nights in front of 200 adults and 300 chil­dren at Gold Hill Bap­tist Church.

The visit, which took place on Wed­nes­day April 29 and Thurs­day April 30, was marked by colour­ful ur­ban sounds and rhythms of Africa.

The choir staged a vi­brant and colour­ful pro­duc­tion, tak­ing their au­di­ence from de­spair to cel­e­bra­tion in both story and song.

Each of the chil­dren have suf­fered the loss of one or both of their par­ents but now live in Wa­toto vil­lage homes and are pro­vided with all that they need to grow up healthy and happy.

Pupils from Chal­font St Peter In­fants, Chal­font St Peter Academy, Jor­dans School, St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Thorpe House School, Gay­hurst and Ger­rards Cross Com­bined schools saw the per­for­mance in the morn­ing and the af­ter­noon.

ON SONG: Wa­toto chil­dren's choir, from Uganda dur­ing the visit to Chal­font St Peter

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