On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June 2012, eighteen Year 7 and seventeen Year 8 students, took part in an on-line Mathematics challenge. This challenge was a special one-time event organised by ‘Mathletics’ to celebrate the 2012 London Olympics. On the first day, students were assigned a challenge-specific course, based on the students’ individual mathematical ability, of 50 adaptive ‘Mathletics’ activities that tested the students’ knowledge.
The second day saw students 'going live' and competing against other students from across the United Kingdom in one-minute matches.
Scott Taylor (Year 8) managed to score an incredible 16,381, and up until the last few hours of the challenge was in first position, until students representing Team GBR managed to steal the lead. Scott will received a Bronze ‘Mathletics’ medal for his individual performance, which was presented by the Lord Knight of Weymouth at an awards ceremony held in the House of Lords, London.
All 35 students who participated in the challenge did extremely well, contributing to our success in gaining a Silver trophy in both the 'Classes' and 'Schools' classifications. Again, these awards will be presented by the Lord Knight of Weymouth to our students.
Gregor Everitt, a Year 8 student who scored 15,458 (6th place nationally), and Rebecca Palmer, a Year 7 student who scored 13,186 (11th place nationally), have been chosen by the college to collect these awards based on their performance during the challenge.
Over the course of the two days, students from the college answered 265,743 questions correctly. All students who competed in the challenge will receive a certificate of participation.