QMC students were again successful in the recent UK senior mathematics challenge, with 42 of the 47 who sat the paper gaining certificates and five qualifying for the next round of competitions. There were 7 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze awards, with four students gaining places in the Kangaroo Challenge and Greg Show progressing for the second time to the British Mathematical Olympiad. Karl Bishop, Danny Flahive, Phil Reid and Neil Wilson were all high scorers, so they were invited to take part in the Kangaroo Challenge.
The senior mathematics challenge had coincided with a college Inset Day, but that did not deter our intrepid puzzlers from coming in to pit their wits against the nation’s brightest mathematical brains.
Greg gained a certificate for his entry in the British Mathematics Olympiad. He managed complete solutions to two of the problems on the paper and a partial solution to the third, but was not successful on this occasion in progressing to the second stage, BMO2, when the top mathematicians vie for a place on the British team to compete internationally. Nevertheless, Greg has again shown himself to be among the top students in the country. Head of Maths David Smith said “We are proud of all the achievements and delighted that we continue to foster a positive attitude towards mathematics, with students embracing opportunities to challenge themselves and compete with the best.”