Magna’s Maths Department is really pleased with our recent success in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) ‘Pink Kangaroo’ and ‘Grey Kangaroo’ competitions. Marios in Year 10 and Areya in Year 9 were our first ever entrants into the follow-on round of the UKMT’s Intermediate Maths Challenge (IMC).

The IMC is a 60-minute, multiple-choice challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The IMC was sat by all the top set Year 9 and Year 10s in early March, achieving our best ever result of 16 Bronze certificates, 5 Silver and 1 Gold. This was due in part to them sitting the competition paper in the main hall for the first time rather than in normal lessons.

Marios’ and Areya’s scores qualified them to enter the follow-on ‘Kangaroo’ rounds despite a last minute change for Marios as he was unable to complete the test in the academy and had to be swapped to an online entry at the very last moment, due to isolating at home with Covid.

We are now looking forward to the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge which Year 7 and 8 will sit at the end of April.

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