On Monday 23rd March, 4 bright and eager mathematicians in Year 8 ventured to Swanwick Hall School to participate in the 2015 UKMT Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals. We knew that competition would be fierce, as we would face 28 far larger schools with older children (as Year 9 can enter). Marcus, Natalie, Thomas and Alex composed themselves and made a great start at the warm-up questions.
After this, Mr Mortimer waved them goodbye, as he would have to be with another school for the day. The organiser of the event made a jest during his announcement that the children usually find their adopted teacher to be far more pleasant than usual and vice versa. Mr Mortimer quickly found that this was not the case, as the sullen teenagers he accompanied were polar opposites to his sparky S. Anselm’s pupils.
The four challenges of the day were a team challenge, a cross number, a shuttle and a relay. All of these relied on team work, accuracy and speed. The four children performed well as they were stretched with the difficult and obscure questions, the relentless pace and the challenge of the other schools around them. In the end we came a respectable 15 out of 28.
After a quick chocolate bar and drink on the way back, we arrived just in time to find out that the House Shout had been moved forward by 24 hours! Another action packed day at S. Anselm’s.