Last saturday, the 29th of October, BVIS took our senior maths team to the Saigon Maths Competition. We competed against 6 other international schools in the region, adding up to 13 teams in total. Contestants had to endure, though I am sure most of us enjoy, 4 hours of challenging maths questions.
Our first round was the Individual round where we had to solve 30 problems in 40 minutes. The second was the passback where we sat in our teams in rows but we had no way of talking to each other. As the rules go, the first individual has to complete his/her problem before the second individual can do his/her and so on until the 6 minute timer goes out. The third round was the cross-number. Here, our team was split into two, each having different clues for the cross-number, and had to work together to complete it. The final, and probably the wildest round, was the relay. Each team had to complete a series of 30 questions and the team with the most points at the end of 40 minutes win. The catch, however, was that each team had to have a designated runner who has to run around a circular table before allowed to have the question. This was the most successful round for the BVIS senior maths team as one team ended third and the other second.
Even though there was a sense of competition throughout the morning, as with any maths competition, the contestants were made sure that they had fun and BVIS students, as I am sure, were the ones who had the most. Despite being new, some of our contestants were never hesitant to be engaged in the mathematical spirit. After all, it is the competitiveness that makes maths fun.