Many studies now have shown that there is some truth in the fact that some people find the subject easier than others, but it has still been proved that it is through hard work that students make the greatest improvements. "While intelligence as assessed by IQ tests is important in the early stages of developing mathematical competence, motivation and study skills play a more important role in students' subsequent growth," Kou Murayama (lead researcher in this field). What is certain is that Maths also helps young people develop essential skills like patience, discipline and step-by-step problem solving. It also will open opportunities for them and in some excellent careers, in particular in the world of engineering and computer programming and analysis.
Maths is a central part of our curriculum and most universities would not accept students who have not got a minimum of a C in IGCSE Maths. In South-East Asia, it is clear that all students know how important it is to do well in this subject! Our students certainly work well and attain very high levels early on in Secondary school. Last autumn, one of our Year 11 students took the Senior Maths Challenge, competing against youngsters from all around the world who were much older than him, still got a gold certificate. So we look forward to seeing how he performs in the same competition next year. Some of our Year 6s and all Year 7 and 8 students recently also took the Junior Maths Challenge. We are very pleased to see how well they have performed (for details about the competition please see Mr Leak’s article). HoSeong Nam, one of our Year 8 students, stood out with an amazing result (100%) and also Yeonoo Kim did extremely well. Therefore, for the first time since the school opened, two students will go through to round 2.
On Friday, we ended the week with an assembly celebrating the success of the students who did so well in the Maths Challenge. During this assembly, Mr Long’s assembly also talked about Ho Chi Minh, as his birthday was on the 19th of May. He talked about his life, his devotion to Vietnam, why he is so highly respected and about the Parliamentary elections (will be held on 22nd May 2016). Khanh Linh, Bao Linh and Phat Trieu (Y8) sang “Lá cờ/ The Flag”.
Mrs Sarah Wild - Head of Secondary