Maths Week

Last week was Maths week here at Emmanuel and it was fantastic to see so much mathematics happening around the school. Three competitions took place: a problem-solving challenge in PC groups, π day and the Australian Maths Competition.

The problem-solving challenge was in two parts and was fiercely contested between the PC groups with the points going towards the House shield and a box of chocolates for the winning PC group from each Year level. The chocolates were awarded to Years 7, 9 and 12 Lisieux, Years 8 and 11 Francis and Year 10 Romero for their brilliant results. The overall winning house was Teresa, showing participation across all years is the key!

The π challenge saw some unbelievable results. Students were asked to memorise π to as many decimal places as they could, with students who recited more than 20, winning an apple pie. Five students were able to recite π, by memory, to over 100 decimal places!

Congratulations to Grace (Year 10) who recited π to 133 decimal places, Ronan (Year 8) with 154 decimal places and the overall winner, Allowyn (Year 8) who narrowly edged out Ronan remembering 160 decimal places, which is a new school record.

The Australian Maths Competition is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. It allows students with outstanding problem-solving abilities to test these skills against other students around Australia. This year we invited 75 students across the college to participate.

Congratulations to these students on their outstanding results in maths this year and hence the nomination to participate in this event. We look forward to seeing the results early next term.

Ms Claire Wallace – Head of Mathematics