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Two plus two is four…quick maths!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Congratulations to 2nd Formers Natan and Tejas, and 3rd Formers Adam and Aadarsh who qualified for the National Final of the UK Maths Trust “Team Maths Challenge (TMC)”. Mathematics teacher Mr Fernandes ran the Team Maths Challenge here at CLS and has recapped the day:

The Regional Final was held at CLS on Tuesday 6 March. The first Regional Final attended by CLS was 15 years ago when I took a team of four boys to the Great Hall of King’s College, University of London (KCL) at the Strand. There was a second visit to KCL in 2005 after which CLS qualified for the National Final for the first time.

CLS has hosted Regional Finals in our Great Hall since 2006. CLS has now won the National Final twice in a row, in 2013 and 2014, with Senior Sixth Formers Charlie and Vinusan being members of the first winning team in 2013. The second winning team members are currently in the Sixth Form and have been key to helping me train our current squad who meet regularly on Friday lunchtimes. We now have until Monday 18 June to prepare for the National Final.

I was impressed by the team’s performance on Tuesday. They had a shaky start in the Group Round. With 10 questions to answer in 40 minutes, they dropped a few marks but did feature in the 6 highest scoring teams that included Alleyn’s, Wimbledon High, Trinity School Lewisham, James Allen’s Girls’ School and Sussex House. Here is a question from last year’s Group Round: "Dean took 16 minutes to cycle from his home to Andrew’s house. He later took 48 minutes to walk home. Each journey was at a constant speed. On that day Dean cycled 5 miles per hour faster, on average, than he walked. What is the distance, in miles, between the two houses?" After the Crossnumber Round, CLS were 2nd placed amongst a top 6 that included Dulwich College and North Bridge House. The school’s fortunes improved after lunch where CLS became the only school amongst 26 to score full marks in the Shuttle Round. The final Relay Round sealed the deal when CLS answered 17 questions correctly, more than any other school. Well done to the boys!

We now have until Monday 18 June to prepare for the National Final.
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