Four students are celebrating after getting through to the national round of a maths challenge. William Snaith and Sam Ford from Year 8 joined up with George Robinson and Victor Ho from Year 9 for the UK Mathematics Trust regional intermediate team challenge, which was held at Northampton. They took top place at the event at Caroline Chisholm School, beating off competition from 15 other schools and gaining a place in the national competition on Monday 20 June.
The event comprised four different rounds of questions, some which involved a team round, a team relay and a challenge where the students had to send the answers through a teacher from one of the other schools.
George and Victor have already taken part in similar competitions in previous years but it was the first time that the four boys had worked together as a team. George said: ‘I took part last year so I knew the format and we have all been doing the past papers. Victor and I did the individual paper twice and I did the Olympiad paper so we all knew what kind of questions there would be but you are never quite sure of what is to come.’
Victor said: ‘The hardest task was the mini relay where you needed the previous person’s answer in order to answer your question.’
William said: ‘It was challenging but I got the hang of it after a while. It was amazing when we won. For me the hardest task was the crossword challenge where you could only send answers through the teacher.’
Sam added: ‘It was more difficult than the practice and more nerve-racking knowing you were in the competition. The hardest bit was the relay where you had to run up, get the question, run back to our table, solve it, run up and get the next question and take it to the other group. We felt a lot of pressure on us because if we didn’t get ours done the other group wouldn’t have the chance to win us any more points.’
Teacher Mr Ross Severinsen, who accompanied the students, said: ‘The boys did themselves and the school proud and we are all looking forward to the national mathematics intermediate team competition which takes place at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Kew on 20 June. They will be competing against the top independent and state schools in the country.’