On Thursday 6th November, the Senior Mathematical Challenge was undertaken by all students in Years 12 and 13 studying Mathematics plus the top two sets from Year 11. Hence almost four hundred Olavians tackled this year’s paper which proved to be a reasonably accessible set of problems. Our students achieved many very high scores and a record twelve students achieving a score of over 100 out of a possible 125 and hence qualifying for the prestigious follow-on round of the British Mathematical Olympiad.
Overall, the 398 Olavian entrants managed to achieve an outstanding 318 certificates (a record 57 gold, 124 silver and 137 bronze) representing an outstanding 80% of entrants which equaled our record of last year. Special mention should be made of Kush Banga (13X) who achieved the best in school with a score of 120 plus Jacob Holleran (12N) and Richard (11J) who achieved best-in-year results.
In addition to the twelve Olympiad qualifiers, another recrd twenty-seven Olavians qualified for the Senior Kangaroo Mathematics follow-on round on Friday 28th November. All these results continue to reflect the excellent problem-solving abilities possessed by so many of our students.
N. Maltman, 17.11.14