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Maths students primed for global competition

Published on 27/02/17

Three young mathematicians from East Point Academy are set to test their skills against students from 50 countries around the world in a global maths competition.

Jack Wibberley, Kyle Nelson, and Matthew Niton qualified for the Intermediate Kangaroo challenge after scoring highly in the Intermediate Challenge set by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT).

They were among ten Year 11 students at the academy to sit the first paper on Thursday, February 2, answering 25 multiple choice questions under strict exam conditions.

The trio have now been invited to the next stage, sitting a paper set by Kangourou Sans Frontieres (KSF) – a global organisation which was inspired by the Australian Mathematics Trust, with the aim of promoting maths among young people around the world – in late March.

Around 8,000 UK students will take part in the Intermediate Kangaroo challenge, with over six million students worldwide taking part at various levels of the contest.

The top 25% of scorers in each age group will receive a certificate of merit, with all participants receiving a certificate of qualification and keyfob.

Vice principal Damian Weare said: “At East Point we aim to be at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) teaching so it was fantastic to see how well all ten students did in UKMT’s challenging paper, with great results from some very interesting maths questions.

“Congratulations to Jack, Kyle, and Matthew, and best of luck in the next round!”