St.Bede's pupils Thomas Johnson, Caroline Knox, Jade Wigham, East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan and St.Bede's pupil Reece Cawthorne with the East Durham Math Challenge winners trophy

St.Bede's Take Home Title in East Durham Maths Challenge 2014

Wed, 2002-09-18 01:00

New champions: (L-R) St.Bede's pupils Thomas Johnson, Caroline Knox, Jade Wigham, East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan and St.Bede's pupil Reece Cawthorne.

Teams of budding mathematicians yesterday took part in this year’s annual East Durham Schools Maths Challenge.

The event, which took place on Wednesday 2nd April in The Lubetkin Theatre at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus, saw 11 teams of four battle it out for top honours.

The teams taking part were from St. Bede’s, Dene Community School, Easington Academy, Seaham School, The Academy at Shotton Hall and Wellfield secondary schools.

Presided over by East Durham College governor Fred Harrison, the Year 10 and 11 students took part in six fiercely competed rounds, which included a mix of maths questions and problem solving tasks.

Students were also challenged to use paperclips to create a bridge to hold as many Creme Eggs as possible.

St.Bede’s prevailed with an impressive winning score of 52 points giving them a ten point margin over runners-up Shotton Hall with 42 points, who were just two points ahead of last year’s winners Seaham who came in third with 40 points.

The winning team from St.Bede’s were pupils Thomas Johnson, Caroline Knox, Jade Wigham and Reece Cawthorne, who said they were ‘delighted’ and ‘surprised’ to win the trophy.

Suzanne Duncan, Principal at East Durham College, who presented the trophies, added: “Now in its 30th year, the schools maths challenge is always an outstanding event, and we have had another great competition again today.

“The maths challenge is a great way to help instil the spirit of competition and teamwork, but also brings some fun to this incredibly important subject.

“I’m delighted with the enthusiasm the students have shown and the judges were very impressed with their academic knowledge and ability to use their initiative.

“Congratulations to the winners and everybody who took part.”