Following on from their first place finish in the North West regional final of the UK Team Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Maths Challenge held at Birkenhead School on 6th March four Moreton girls are today taking part in the final. The team members were Georgina Lang (12), Rosie Smith-Langridge (14) Phoebe Jackson (13) and Antonia Nicholls (12).
Updates posted below, as they come in, from parent Jo Nicholls. Newest first:
- 2013 UK Maths Team Challenge winners:
1st City of London school
2nd King Edward's Birmingham
3rd Magdalen College School, Oxford
Moreton Hall came a commendable 51st place, putting them in the top 3.2 % per cent of nationwide schools who entered. Wow!
Children tear around hall delivering their answers at top speed in great fun and hotly-anticipated Relay round.
The calm before the storm... Moreton team members Rosie Smith-Langridge and Annie Nicholls steady themselves for the frenzied and infamous Relay round. One pair from each team has to remain seated while their team-mates - seated across the room - battle to solve a question then race over to "bank" the answer with a teacher. They then "tag" their partner pair, who set about tackling another brain-spinner. Result: chaos (but very intelligent chaos).
- We know, at this stage, that a crop of half a dozen League Table toppers are now heading the field (St Paul's, Wycombe Abbey, King Edward's Bham). There are still 60 points to play for in this final (mentally AND physically) exhausting round, but, in truth, if our girls are placed even midway in this high- calibre competition, they will have done brilliantly. What is already certain is they have done their absolute best.
"Play" has resumed after a hearty lunch. List of half dozen or so front-runners so far did not include Moreton, but scores v close. With three more rounds, contestants were reminded, everything still to play for.
Mini Relay round now, requiring teams to split into pairs and tackle further fiendish maths questions. View from the balcony shows Moreton girls with their heads down and not a bead of perspiration visible...
Poster round ends. Winning entry will be used nationwide to advertise next yr's Team Maths Challenge.
And they're off - with a light-hearted maths ice-breaker requiring teams to design posters illustrating some devious maths concept. Another Maths dept staff member, Rachel Holland, has equipped the girls with seriously chunky markers. All-boy teams (and v large number are...) look flustered and get out compasses and set squares. Our girls grin and get on with it.
Cunningly, school teachers have all been shuffled so that they are supervising another school's team. Maths dept's Adrian Feehan looks across wistfully across at his Moreton band from time to time...
Invigilator encouragingly reminds teams that they have already achieved a considerable feat in being selected from an initial 1600 schools who took part in regional heats...
Team Maths Challenge is, he stresses, "a totally non-calculator event...no mobile phones either".
- Moreton have a team of four girls here (far left of pic) about to pit their wits against school pupils from all over the country any minute now...
- The Maths team prepare for action...