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Mathematics success

On Tuesday 29 September, two of the School’s most skilled young mathematicians participated in the UKMT Mathematics Olympiad for Girls (MOG).

Yvette, Catherine and MatthewYvette Murphy (Upper Fifth, Haslewood) and Catherine Perkins (Upper Fifth, Gloucester) took part in the challenge, which is aimed at gifted mathematicians to encourage them to broaden and practice their problem solving skills. The results of this competition are used to select a team of pupils to take part in a European maths challenge.

The paper consisted of five questions and pupils had two and a half hours to provide full written proofs to the problems they were presented with. Their papers have been sent off to be marked and we will receive news of their results in due course.

Also in the Maths Department, Matthew Clancy (Upper Sixth, Surrey) has been offered a place on a set of ten master classes run by the Further Maths Network, which will take place at the University of Surrey. The course aims to enable young gifted mathematicians to meet and work together in a university setting, to provide students with an opportunity to think about, discuss and hear others’ experiences of tacking problem-solving challenges and to develop high level problem-solving skills in bright young mathematicians.

Head of Maths at St John’s, Rebecca Evans, said, ‘These are wonderful opportunities for Matthew, Catherine and Yvette and we wish them the very best of luck as they continue with their mathematical challenges.’

Published on 05/10/2015

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