We are delighted to, once again, be able to bring you news of some incredible success of our students here at BVIS. Over the last three years we have been entering some of our students in the UKMT Individual challenges.
The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics.
The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school and international British curriculum students. There are three levels covering the secondary school range and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges around the world. The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and as mentioned in a previous newsletter students from BVIS Years 9,10 and 11 along with a student from year 8 took part in this Intermediate Challenge.
Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year who take part in the challenge are invited to take part in follow up rounds.
At least 200,000 students sat the original Intermediate paper with the top 1% going on to take the Olympiad and the next 4% following the Kangaroo. The Kangaroo is run by Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF), an independent association, whose purpose is to organise the annual Kangaroo contest with the aim of promoting mathematics among young people around the world. Each year over six million school pupils aged 5-18 from more than 50 countries throughout the world take part at various levels and competitions in their own country. When you sit the Kangaroo you are part of a huge community of maths. Seven of our students achieved so well that they were invited to take part in either the Olympiad or Kangaroo; a remarkable achievement. These were:
Ngoc (year 10), Tam and Lam (both year 11) sat the pink Kangaroo Ben (yr 8), Lucy, Kiet and Trung (all year 10) sat their age appropriate Olympiad rounds
We would like to congratulate all of these students for their success in the Individual rounds that meant they were invited to continue. With over 4000 schools entering the competitions most schools are lucky to have one or two students selected for the Kangaroo round, but many will not have any for the Olympiad. To have seven students taken into the follow up rounds is a tremendous achievement for our school and demonstrates once again the ability of our students and how well they compare to students internationally and in the UK.
Tam will receive a participation certificate and Ngoc and Lam both received a Merit award in the Pink Kangaroo, which is given to the top 25%. Well done to all three!
Ben, Lucy and Kiet were all placed in the top 100 for their papers and will receive a Distinction certificate and a medal for making the top 100. Congratulations to all three.
Trung was placed in the top 50, so on top of the Distinction and medal he will also receive a special book prize, an outstanding achievement!
At least 200,000 students sat the original intermediate paper so to be placed in the top 100 in the Olympiad puts you in the top 0.2%. The maths speaks for itself! All seven students are to be commended for their achievements. We are extremely proud of them all.