Our Lady’s + maths = contest success

The Our Lady's team (back, centre), with Coltness (left) and Kilsyth pupils, and Julie Rocks of NLC.
The Our Lady's team (back, centre), with Coltness (left) and Kilsyth pupils, and Julie Rocks of NLC.
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FOUR pupils at Our Lady’s High are hoping to add an award to the school’s trophy cabinet after reaching the final of a national maths competition.

The team - Rhodin Bevan, Niamh Simmonette, Megan McNulty and Michael McKenna - proved to have the right formula to come out runners-up in the Maths Enterprise Competition.

The event was held at Cumbernauld Town Hall on Friday, September 19, and featured a variety of mathematical-based puzzles and questions to really put participants’ knowledge and skills to the test.

The competition was run over four rounds - the first being a practical one in which pupils had to build a bridge using spaghetti and sellotape, with the longest bridges constructed receiving the most points.

Participants then tested their cool in a team round with a variety of maths questions for each team to answer within a set time.

Round three was all about problem solving and the day concluded with a maths-relay race.

Pupils also enjoyed an interactive demonstration on probability by actuarial mathematics and statistics expert Gavin Reid of Heriot-Watt University.

Teams comprising two pupils from S3 and two from S4 from each of North Lanarkshire’s 23 secondary schools took part in this year’s event, with the winners being Coltness High School.

While Our Lady’s finished second, Kilsyth High School came third.

The teams from Our Lady’s and Coltness will progress to the national maths completion finals to be held at the Science Centre in Glasgow next month.

A spokeswoman for Our Lady’s congratulated the team, saying they had ‘put in an excellent performance to finish second’.