Rydal Penrhos team finish second at regional heat of UKMT Team Challenge
29th February 2016

A group of talented number crunchers at a Colwyn Bay school performed well in the regional heat of a prestigious national competition.

The Rydal Penrhos team of Eddie Farrell, Ioan Peake-Jones, Richard Wolfendale and Juan Rajagopal finished runner up in the United Kingdom Maths Trust Team Challenge, which was held at the school on Thursday, February 25.

A host of teams descended on the event, with the winners going on to the national final in London later this year.

The Rydal Penrhos quartet now face a nervous wait to see if they make it to the capital, as only the best second placed scores from around the country will be selected.

Head of Mathematics Peter Richmond, said: “Our own team, Eddie Farrell, Ioan, Richard and Juan Rajagopal had little time to practise before the event, due to their various other commitments. 

“Nevertheless, they did the school proud, performing highly and finishing in a noteworthy second place out of the 14 teams taking part. 

“Teams usually consist of Year 8 and 9 pupils, though younger pupils may take part if they demonstrate an aptitude for the subject.

“It is particularly pleasing to see one of our Year 7 pupils Juan performing so well, and we now wait to see if we are invited to the National Final, to be held in London in June, as one of the highest-scoring runners-up across the various regional heats.” 

The UKMT Team Challenge is designed to promote mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills, whilst also giving pupils the opportunity to compete against teams from other schools in their region. 

Teams are set a number of tasks throughout the day, with the winning team accumulating the most points throughout.

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