In lessons, we use a variety of learning styles, from investigations to team challenges and of course we still make sure students practise their basic number, algebra and problem solving skills so that they are gaining greater automaticity with these skills and can work with speed and accuracy. For some of our students, we have also looked at ways that they can compete, using their mathematical ability, on a local and international level.
Internationally, we enter students into the UK Mathematical Challenges (Junior, Intermediate and Senior challenges, covering students from Years 5 to 13) which then feeds some of our most able students into the UK Mathematical Olympiad and other follow on rounds. In addition this year, for the first time, we have entered students, from Years 7 to 12, into the American Scholastic Mathematical Association (ASMA) contests. These are a series of short contests offered during the first half of this year.
Locally, we participate in two competitions: the Shanghai International Matheletics event, involving ourselves and four other schools and the Shanghai Team Mathematics Challenge, involving four students from Year 9. Details of all these results are listed below, along with some special mentions.
UK Senior Mathematical Challenge
45 students took part resulting in 7 Gold, 18 Silver and 12 Bronze certificates. 2 students were entered into the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1.
UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge
91 students took part resulting in 21 Gold, 17 Silver and 20 Bronze certificates. 15 of these students were entered into follow up rounds including the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad and Kangaroo follow up challenge.
UK Junior Mathematical Challenge
88 students took part results in 15 Gold, 19 Silver and 25 Bronze certificates. 1 student was entered into the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.
Special mentions go to:
- Year 12 Min Kim for achieving a Distinction certificate in the British Olympiad Round 1
- Year 9 Ra Gyeom Kelly Kim for achieving a Distinction certificate, prize and medal in the Intermediate Olympiad
- Year 10 Hyun Jin Kim and Year 10 Jeong Seok Hyun for achieving Distinctions certificates in the Intermediate Olympiad
- Year 10 Yuri Lee and Year 10 Sung Joon Kim for achieving Merit certificates in the Intermediate Olympiad
- Year 9 Chan Young Robert Kim for achieving a Merit certificate in the Intermediate Kangaroo round
- Year 7 Jeong Gyeom Brian Kim for qualifying for the Junior Olympiad (awaiting result)
American Scholastic Mathematical Association
We had a total of 59 students taking part in at least one of the Junior/Intermediate contests, whilst 63 students took part in the Senior contest.
In the Junior/Intermediate contest, special mention goes to Year 10 Yuri Lee for achieving 40 out of a possible 42 points; and in the Senior contest Year 12 Min Kim achieved our highest score of 39 out of 42 points.
Internationally are students combined efforts were excellent. For the Junior/Intermediate contest our school achieved a First Place certificate and a ranking of 34th out of 194 school taking part across the world. For the Senior contest we also achieved a First Place certificate and a ranking of 10th out of 87 schools taking part across the world.
This is the first time our students have taken part in this American style Mathematical contest and they have done themselves proud!
Many thanks to all the teachers who have spent a great deal of time working with our students in preparation for these contest and well done indeed to all our participants!