25 Nov - Mathematics Olympiad for Girls and Senior Mathematics Challenge


In this year’s Mathematical Olympiad for Girls consisting of a demanding set of five structured problems, the eight Year 13 students performed very creditably, all attaining above the national average score. Three students, Sophie Bata Madden, Lucie Slater and Ishita Swaroop, achieved certificates of distinction placing them in the top 25% of national scores. Indeed, Ishita did so well that she qualified for the forthcoming first round of the British Mathematical Olympiad.

Congratulations go to all on these impressive performances.

In addition to these achievements, this year’s Senior Mathematical Challenge on Thursday 7th November involved 484 Olavians from Years 11 to 13 grappling with a challenging set of twenty-five problems. The huge cohort achieved a record-breaking, superb set of results with 66 gold, 182 silver and 121 bronze certificates being attained. In contrast to many schools who only enter their most able mathematicians, all mathematicians in the three years are entered and hence the school’s achievement of significantlyl above the national average is all the more remarkable. 

The best-in-year scores were achieved by Michael Sun (Year 13), Linus Luu (Year 12) and Velian Velikov (Year 11), the last two of whom managed the amazing feat of solving all twenty-five problems correctly. These three students along with three others, Lucy Saunders (Year 13), Joseph Barradell (Year 12) and Hieronim Lecybyl (Year 11), have qualified for the prestigious first round  British Mathematical Olympiad. In addition, a record number of sixty-six students qualified for the follow-on round of Senior Kangaroo problem paper. The follow-on rounds will be undertaken on 29th November and our best wishes go to all Olavian qualifiers.

On Tuesday 26th November St Olave’s entered the regional final for the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge, competing against twenty-nine other local school. The team of Linus Luu, Ishan Kalia, George Guest and Michael Sun performed superbly, scoring maximum points on all three rounds to win the competition. The team will now represent the school in the national final, to be held in London in February. Well deserved congratulations go to this exceptional team.

All of these results are a testament to the sustained development of Olavians’ problem-solving skills.

N. Maltman
21st November 2019

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