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Well done to our Junior Maths Team of Riya Raghuram (Form III), Sarah McCarney (Form III), Dara Connolly-Mulcahy (Form II) & Daniel Stewart (Form II) flew to London for the National Final of the UK Maths Trust Team Competition in June. They were invited following their 1st place finish in Northern Ireland earlier this year. A challenging day of mathematical problem-solving followed, in which they competed against the very best mathematicians from across the UK. The various rounds including designing a poster on the theme of Mathematical Construction (which addressed certain points provided on the day), mathematical relay races and a ‘cross number’ (see below for an example of one of the shorter questions in the cross number round).

Although we did not win a prize, we were very pleased to be in the top seventy of the thousands of schools who participated and to be Northern Ireland champions for a fifth time. Congratulations to Bancroft School, Eton College and Westminster Under School for winning prizes in such a tough competition.

Great credit should go to our pupils for representing the Academy so admirably at a national level and for the huge number of hours they have put in to preparing over the past year. Their teamwork, intelligence, determination and good humour were commendable.

How many digits does 16^30 x 125^40 have when evaluated? (No calculators were allowed!)

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