Mathematical Magic from Maidenhead Thames

Many clubs in the District participate in the RIBI Youth competitions. Others like Maidenhead Thames run additional ones with a different focus. The annual Mathemagical Challenge for Primary Schools in Maidenhead and Windsor is proving extremely popular.

RBWM Primary Schools Year 4 Mathemagical Competition 2018

Monday 14 May 2018

Primary School children from across the Royal Borough have once again been battling to become 'Mathemagician' champions in the annual Rotary Club challenge. The competition was organised by
Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club, in conjunction with Leading Maths Teachers from White Waltham Academy, with additional funding from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust and RBWM.

Year 4 pupils from 20 schools took part in the quick-fire event which was held at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead on Monday 14 May.  Each team of 3 had to solve a series of mathematical problems as quickly as possible and race to get their answers to the judges.

Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor John Lenton, and his wife Mayoress Margaret Lenton flanked by Rotary President Brian McGinley presented prizes to the winning teams. Gold medallists were All Saints CoE Junior School team who were awarded a shield, £100 top prize for the school, and £20 book vouchers for each winning team member. St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School came second, with Holy Trinity CoE Primary School in third place, winning prizes respectively of £100 and £75 for their schools and £15 and £10 for their pupils.

YashPaul Anderson from the Rotary club, said: "We have yet again been overwhelmed by the interest there has been in this competition. The children rose to the challenge and it was a really exciting event with a big buzz and a very close finish.” He added that plans are already in hand for a similar challenge for Year 2 pupils on 2 July, before repeating these again next year.

Mighty Maths for Key Stage 1 pupils

An afternoon of Mighty Maths Competition for primary school teams was held on 2 July 2018 at the Holiday Inn with sixty Key Stage 1 pupils taking part in a maths problem solving contest among nineteen different RBWM primary schools.  The winning team was Cheapside CoE Primary School in Ascot together with gold winner certificates and book vouchers awarded to their 3 team members. Silver certificate winners were Braywick Court Primary School in Maidenhead, and bronze certificate winners were Cookham Dean Primary School in Maidenhead. 

This was the third year this contest for Key Stage 1 pupils was funded and led by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames, and co-sponsored by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Education team, and the Holiday Inn, with the competition set and managed by Laura Morel, the Acting Head of School at Bisham CofE Academy in Bisham, ably assisted by her fellow teachers.

In addition to the participating children, approx. 70 parents, siblings and staff attended this event.

Laura Morel, the Acting Head of School at Bisham CofE Academy in Bisham set out a challenging set of team problem solving maths questions that the children enjoyed tackling, and the answers were marked by staff from the various participating schools. It was true teamwork throughout.

 The Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Paul and Laura Lion and Cllr Natasha Airey, the Cabinet Member for Children's Services attended the event, and they stressed the importance of broadening the experience of maths beyond this competition as it also has long-term economic impacts for productivity and employment opportunities.

These sentiments resonated with Julia Collis, the first female President of Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club who added that “It was a pleasure to attend the event and see how much the pupils, their families and the school staff enjoyed the afternoon and achieved so much. Thank you to everyone for supporting Yashpaul in making this a great success”.

Photographs by kind permission of Lucy Badham of Lucy Badham Photography

Helal Stephan

Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames