Moreton Hall finished first in the North West regional final of the UK Team Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Maths Challenge held at Birkenhead School on 6th March. The team members were (L-R), Georgina Lang (12), Rosie Smith-Langridge (14) Phoebe Jackson (13) and Antonia Nicholls (12). The four girls will now compete against teams from across the United Kingdom in the National Final at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 17thJune.
Head of Maths, Mike Swain comments: "The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. Over 1,500 schools sent their very best young mathematicians to take part in the competition so it is an incredible achievement for our team to qualify for the national finals."
Antonia Nicholls Lower 4 writes:
Four Moreton Hall girls travelled to Birkenhead School to compete in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. When we arrived we went into the hall and took our places alongside 25 others schools from the North West. We began with some 'easy' practice questions before the 1st round commenced: 10 questions in 40 minutes. We worked as a team to complete these questions and had time to double and then triple check them between us. The results themselves for this round were not announced but we were told we were joint first with a number of other schools. Next came the crossword challenge where we were split into pairs and given either the across or the down questions but were not allowed to talk directly to each other. We managed to complete this under a lot of pressure in just under the time limit with only 3 mistakes. Then was the mini relay in which we had a card with a problem on it, the other half of the team needing our answer to complete their own, then us using their answer and so on. Finally was the full relay. Again, we were split into pairs but this time we were a hall apart and after solving the problem we had to dash to the teacher who would mark it and then give us the next problem which we would speedily deliver to the other pair. We finished this with ample time and only one wrong answer. After all this and a good lunch we came back for the awards but we were not certain where we were placed. After a nervous wait it was announced that we had won - admittedly we did shriek a bit! We are really proud and can't wait until the finals in London on 17th of June.