Students excel in national mathematics competition

May 16, 2022 | News, Prep School, Senior-Prep School

We are thrilled to announce that 39 of our students from across years 5 to 8 have been recognised for their achievement in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Mathematics Challenge.

With eight students awarded Gold, 11 Silver and 20 Bronze, the results are the best in the school’s history of entering the competition.

Four of the children will now go on to compete in the challenge’s next phase, named the Junior Kangaroo, and one will represent the school in the prestigious Junior Olympiad, which is open only to the highest-scoring participants nationwide.

“I was extremely impressed with the enthusiasm from all of the students who took part. Their approach to the challenging mathematical problems and drive to succeed was second to none,” commented Herman Padam, head of faculty for mathematics, St George’s School Windsor Castle. “I was overjoyed with the outcome.”

Designed to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques, the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge takes the form of a 60-minute multiple choice challenge.  With calculators not permitted, students are required to rely solely on their mental arithmetic and skills of deduction.

“Perseverance and creative thinking are two of the attributes we really focus on instilling within our students in order to ensure they leave school real-world ready,” added Padam. “Both of these were evident in abundance!”