On Monday 17th June, the School’s Junior Maths team represented Northern Ireland at the National Final of the UKMT Junior Maths Team Challenge in London. The team consisted of Daniel Quigley (Form II), Lui Hurson (Form II), Andrew Milligan (Form III) and Richard Ware (Form III). Their participation was earned by winning the regional final against schools from across Northern Ireland and finishing in the top 80 of the 1600 schools which entered.
The competition consisted of four rounds, which each required significant levels of team work and logical thinking (as well as speed in the relay rounds). The events lasted for 5 hours (with a very early start and late finish for travel!) and the team remained focused and enthusiastic throughout.
In addition to the main competition, the teams were given two weeks to complete a poster on the theme of ‘Packing’ with rigorous prescribed content to be researched, as well as additional elements which needed to be solved and incorporated on the day. The quality of the team’s poster was very high; particularly given that it was researched and created alongside studying for and completing for school examinations.
Although we failed to win a prize, the day was both enjoyable and challenging and the team represented the school admirably. They were praised by the teacher assigned to supervise them who said they were ‘polite, co-operative and worked well together’. It was a fitting culmination to a year of hard work training every week for the events. This was the Academy’s first time at the event and we hope to qualify again in future.