Num­bers add up for St Louise School shines in con­test

East Kilbride News - - WHAT’S ON - Ni­cola Find­lay

Pupils at an East Kil­bride pri­mary school cer­tainly proved to have a head for fig­ures after be­ing named Scot­tish maths cham­pi­ons.

The pri­mary seven class at St Louise Pri­mary won a na­tion­wide on­line maths con­test or­gan­ised by ed­u­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy plat­form Sum­dog to mark this year’s Maths Week Scot­land – beat­ing nearly 1000 schools to take the ti­tle.

The young­sters col­lected their win­ners’ tro­phy from Deputy First Min­is­ter and cabi­net sec­re­tary for ed­u­ca­tion and skills John Swin­ney on a spe­cial visit to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Maths Week Scot­land 2018 took place last month and fea­tured events across Scot­land.

St Louise Pri­mary came out on top with a class aver­age score of 916 – eight points ahead of their near­est ri­vals.

Part of their prize for win­ning is a six-month sub­scrip­tion to Sum­dog, which will give stu­dents un­re­stricted ac­cess to the Sum­dog e-learn­ing plat­form.

St Louise head teacher Siob­han Mooty said: “This is only the sec­ond Sum­dog con­test our P7 pupils have taken part in so to have come out as Scot­tish cham­pi­ons is re­ally fan­tas­tic.

“It was a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence for them to be able to make the trip to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and to be pre­sented with their win­ners’ tro­phy by Mr Swin­ney.

“I think it’s been a re­ally valu­able les­son in great team­work and it’s also been a re­ally fun way to de­velop their maths skills. Ev­ery­one at the school is re­ally proud of their achieve­ment.”

Young­sters from across Scot­land were en­cour­aged to take part in this year’s con­test – with par­tic­i­pat­ing classes work­ing to­gether as a team to achieve the high­est aver­age num­ber of maths ques­tions an­swered cor­rectly out of 1000.

In to­tal, more than 5600 classes from across al­most 960 schools – amount­ing to 79,000 pupils – took part.

Mr Swin­ney said: “With an in­cred­i­ble 20 mil­lion ques­tions an­swered by classes across Scot­land dur­ing this year’s Maths Week, the pupils of St Louise Pri­mary School should be par­tic­u­larly proud of their achieve­ment.”

Sum­dog CEO An­drew Hall said: “I’m re­ally grate­ful to Mr Swin­ney for pre­sent­ing the win­ners’ tro­phy and re­ally im­pressed with the P7 pupils of St Louise Pri­mary School for the maths abil­ity they’ve shown to come out as na­tional win­ners in only their sec­ond ever Sum­dog con­test. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of them.”

Top of the class St Louise Pri­mary head girl Cerys Fraser and head boy Fraser McCormick with, back row from left, Sum­dog CEO An­drew Hall, head teacher Siob­han Mooty and Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney

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