On Wednesday 22nd February (2017) the LGS junior maths team competed against teams from 26 other schools in a regional heat of the ‘Team Maths Challenge’ competition (which is organised by the UK Maths Trust). Our regional heat, for Leicestershire and the surrounding area, was held at Ratcliffe College.
Two of our team were Shyam Modi in Year 9 and Kishan Modi in Year 8; very unusually we had as many as two Year 7 students in the team this year, and they were Alex Nelson and Matthew Younger. The team contested four rounds of challenging maths problems which required a balance of speed and accuracy, and also teamwork and strategy.
LGS was very strong in the first half of the competition, losing almost no marks, and finishing the crossnumber perfectly with plenty of time to spare. The competition standings were still reasonably close at this point, but LGS then pulled well clear of the other teams in the more difficult relay rounds, enthusiastically solving questions very quickly, while avoiding almost all errors. We were convincing winners of the heat, ahead of Manor House School in second place.
The LGS team now progresses to the national final in London, which will take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in June; this is the fifth time in the last six years that our junior team has won the regional heat and therefore made it to the national final.
Congratulations to Shyam, Kishan, Alex and Matthew for their excellent performances in this competition.