This year’s Senior Mathematical Challenge on Tuesday 7th November involved a near record 486 Olavians from Years 11 to 13 undertaking another demanding set of twenty-five multiple choice problems. Their endeavours resulted in an impressive set of results with 57 gold, 135 silver and 180 bronze certificates being achieved. Most schools select their more able mathematics students to sit the Challenge, but at St Olave’s all students studying Mathematics in Years 11 to 13 are entered, so for over three-quarters of our students to achieve a certificate is all the more remarkable, indicating their strong problem-solving skills.
In addition, six students qualified for the prestigious British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 and a huge record of sixty-three students will sit the Senior Kangaroo problem paper. Special mention should go to the best-in-year performers, namely David Evans (Year 13), Hai Duong (Year 12) and Matthew Perry (Year 11). The follow-on rounds will be undertaken in the first week in December and our best wishes go to all Olavian qualifiers.