The team is made up of 2 students from year 8 and 2 from year 9. The school holds a round one competition were the team is chosen and then they go on to compete in a regional round held at Bradford Grammar School. The school have qualified for the National Competition for the past 2 years, last years event was held at The Guildhall, in London, and this years event is also in London. Only 60 schools qualify from a field of over 2000 schools for the final, so it has been a remarkable achievement. In fact the team from last year finished in 17th place!
Mathematics Team Challenge
Monday 27th June 2005
The event was at The Guildhall, London, so the team had to meet at 7am to catch a train to London. Eventually the Yorkshire Maths Team Challenge Champions reached the venue after a few detours with some of the other teams following our directions. At this point Michael Godfrey wanted to eliminate some of the opposition, but we persuaded him otherwise. On arrival the tried to scoff as many biscuits as possible down their throats, as they were free!!
The Poster Competition was first up for the team, but this did not count towards the final standings of the team challenge. The poster was designed around dissections of geometrical shapes in order to produce another geometrical shape.
The first round was a Group Circus, were the teams completed a decathlon. We performed well in this event scoring 57 out of 60.
The second round involved completing a cross number puzzle. As difficult as it was, the team were not helped by the organisation as the answer sheet was different from the question sheet. Despite this the team went on to post an excellent result of 71 out of 76. After 2 events we were in the top 5 schools.
The Head to Head round was difficult. It involved 2 teams stood next to each other in a face off. They had to find the missing link between a set of numbers and correctly guess the answer. This was a particularly difficult round but the team themselves were disappointed with a score of 22 out of a possible 40.
The final round of the Relay Race was absolute pandemonium with the teams charging around the hall in an attempt to complete the 30 challenging questions in 30 minutes. After a bit of organising the teams were off!!!! Chaos was the order of the day for the next half hour, but the team did really well scoring 54 out of 60.
Despite not coming in the top 3 schools, the team, made up of Andrew Lucas, James Heptinstall, Michael Godfrey and Joel Stead, did themselves, the school and Yorkshire proud. The day was rounded off by a McDonalds and a tiring journey back to the sunny county of Yorkshire.