It all adds up: Maths success at CHS

This term has been one of marvellous mathematics at CHS!

Our Junior & Lower School Waconians took part in the Junior Mathematical Challenge, hosted by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.

The challenge is a national event for pupils in Year 8 or below which encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

Pupils were keen to tackle the challenge, with Year 6 Waconians even making time to give it a go before their Residential Trip!

A record number of 205 Waconians participated this year, with 16 being awarded Gold and qualifying for the next round of the competition! Congratulations to Year 7 mathematician James, who was the top performer amongst the CHS entries!

Mr Paul Newsome, CHS Maths Teacher commented on James’ success: “James is an outstanding mathematician. He has superb natural ability and uses his knowledge to be a great problem solver. Being best in lower school when he is only is Year 7 is an awesome achievement!

Why not try the challenge yourself? The questions from this year’s paper are now live on the UKMT website – click here.

CHS mathematicians Alexandros and Gabriel were awarded certification in the Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEM) Challenge! Year 8 pupil Alexandros earned a Certificate of Merit, whilst Lower Sixth student Gabriel won a certificate in the Open section of the challenge!

The MEM Challenge is a maths competition organised by the University of Liverpool that challenges entrants to solve a series of problems and puzzles on their own.

Mr Steven Norton, CHS Head of Mathematics said: “Alexandros’ entry was a real work of art. Beautifully compiled solutions and all decorated in-keeping with the Egyptian theme of the challenge. His Certificate of Merit is richly deserved.

Gabriel’s certificate represents an extremely high level of success, that puts him in the top 20-30 students that entered – and that is from well over 100 schools! Well done to the both of them.”

The challenge differs from usual Maths activities; pupils undertake research or background reading in order to get a better grasp of the problem at hand.