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Cryptology Challenge Wrap-Up

07 January 2016

In total, 158 pupils from both the primary and secondary schools took part in the Cipher Challenge.

Pupils had to decode a series of cryptic codes released online via our school blog.

  • Cryptology Challenge Wrap-Up

It ran for a period of three months, with codes of increasing difficulty being issued periodically on the school blog for teams to crack.

The final Cipher was released on Thursday 9 December and saw teams do battle throughout the month of December. This meant I even received submissions on Christmas Day.

The results have been calculated and it came down to 2 independent entries. These two students managed to crack every single challenge with the upmost accuracy and speed.

Since both students submitted the cipher on the same day, we had to look at other factors such as the time it was submitted in and the accuracy of the decryption.

So it is my pleasure to announce the following winners

            First place – Sheena Troemer

            Second place – Phillip Vedin

            Third Place – Dorothea Moldenhauer

There is one more announcement that I would like to make and that is a special award for someone who tried and persevered in overwhelming odds. I would like to announce that Liam Chan from Year 6 managed to amass an impressive score beating a vast majority of teams.

Stay tuned for future competitions to take place over the course of the next few months.

Kieren Reynolds, Head of Computing Science


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