Congratulations to all students who took part in this challenging maths competition.
Each November events organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) take place around the country.
The events are both at the individual and team level and provide challenging problems for all age groups. These problems can only be solved using mathematical, logic-based and creative-thinking skills.
Any certificate given to a student is a great achievement and should be included in the student’s UCAS application as it a notable extra-curricular academic achievement.
Last year approximately 200,000 students around the UK took part in the individual challenge: with roughly 1000 students being invited to the next round, the British Maths Olympiad round 1 (BMO1) and 2000 students invited to the Senior Kangaroo.
Bellerbys College encourages as many students to take part as possible and on the 6th November this year over 100 of our students took part in the individual event.
Many students did very well, with 12 students attaining a Gold certificate, 18 a Silver and 27 a Bronze.
Moreover four students Peiran (Sam) Wu, Tu Dang, Huang Chengyu and Zhao Lanxin achieved scores high enough to be invited to the British Maths Olympiad round 1(BMO1) and 10 students have been invited to the Senior Kangaroo round.
In addition, on Monday the 11th November a team of 4 brave Bellerbys students, Peiran (Sam) Wu, Jim Yowuri, Tu Dang and Thinh Tran took part in the Senior Team Challenge at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
In a very strong, competitive and friendly environment the team achieved 3rd place out of a total of 29 teams. Many congratulations to the team for this achievement and for raising the bar in this competition. One I am confident that future students at the college will be keen to reach and even surpass!
I would like to thank all the students who put their time and effort into the competition and also the students who contributed to the team-event preparation classes, as well as the teachers who helped to co-ordinate it.
I also wish to congratulate all the students who gained certificates in the individual challenge and the team whose 3rd place kept up the impressive record of past Bellerbys teams in this event.
A special mention needs to go to Peiran (Sam) Wu for being the first Bellerbys Cambridge student to achieve a perfect score (125/125) in the individual challenge!
Lastly the next UKMT event is the Intermediate Individual Challenge for GCSE students and due to take place in February 2015.
By Andrew Davis
Head of Faculty, Mathematics & IT at Bellerbys College Cambridge