Two Wins for Saint Kentigern Boys’ Mathex Teams

December 06, 2022 at 11:49 AM

In a race against the clock, other schools, and the very best brains in their year groups, Mathex is always an exciting event for our fantastic mathematicians. Teams for Years 5 and 6 represented the Boys’ School, consisting of four pupils per team. Over twenty groups from twelve surrounding schools in the area congregated at the Saint Kentigern Boys’ School Gymnasium, where we hosted the competition. Our very own Mr Geoff Brown had the honour of MC’ing the night.

The Year 5’s broke through the nerves and began the night with a stellar performance claiming first place. The Year 6’s followed suit, not to be outdone by their younger schoolmates and won their year group. The competition requires the utmost concentration. Every second counted, as teams were given only 30 minutes to answer 20 questions and race to 100 points. Teams cannot pass on the first question and once it is answered, they move on to the rest, one at a time, where they become increasingly complex. They can pass on a question if they find it too difficult, but as each of the 20 questions is worth 5 points, if they pass, they cannot get to 100 points.  At the end of the evening, our teams had the winning combination of strategy, smarts, and calm to bring the trophies back to SKBS.

Mrs Niamh Burns prepared our teams exceptionally well, with training sessions twice per week and put in hard groundwork in the classroom. Thank you to all who came to support our bright young minds and Mr David Hessey, Mr Geoff Brown and Mrs Niamh Burns for organising the evening.

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