It’s Ten out of Ten for Thurrock Primary Schools

This year The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock held their fourth annual Mathletics Competition for Thurrock Primary Schools.

GLC Mathletics 1st Place Tudor Court & Rotary Club President

The event, sponsored by the club and organised in partnership with The Gateway Academy Tilbury, was held one morning in March. Each primary school across the borough was invited to enter a team of their most able mathematicians. Many of these schools held their own in-house competitions to make sure that their most able pupils were selected. Each team of four pupils had to work in an organised way to make sure that they answered all of the questions in an allocated time.

A senior teacher at the event said “Thanks for organising this. It’s a great way to raise the profile of maths across the borough and also a great way to champion our most able pupils. It’s fun and challenging for them”. Its success, from our point of view, can be seen in the pupils’ enthusiasm, application and smiles as well as by the number of schools that take part each year. In another way its success can be calculated by looking at the numbers.

23 primary schools entered a team

92 enthusiastic and able pupils

21 mathematical problems for each team

90 minutes to answer the questions

36 adult helpers – teachers, support staff and parents

4 Rotarian organisers

30 Year 9 students completing a community service task by marking questions 

13 trophies – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and overall

92 certificates

1 Master of Ceremonies – Kevin Sadler CEO of Gateway Learning Community

No, the answer to the above is not 402 as that is too obvious. The sum of theabove equals an all-round successful event thanks to the support of ThurrockPrimary Schools, staff and pupils, and especially the support from the management and staff at the Gateway Academy.

Finally, in case you are wondering, our club did enter a team of four but, once again, we were beaten by a team of 10/11 year olds! We are always astounded by the mathematical ability of these young people.

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