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Students Succeed in UKMT Mathematics Competitions - April updates

Ivybridge Community College Mathematicians participated in the annual UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, with selected students progressing through to the Kangaroo Challenges stage.

The UKMT Pink Kangaroo Challenge - April 2021

The Pink Kangaroo Challenge is a follow-on round to the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.  It is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition consisting of 25 problems.

Niamh recently performed very well in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, scoring in the top 7% nationally.  She was then invited to take part in the Pink Kangaroo Challenge, which is for the very top performers.  Only 25% of these are awarded a Certificate of Merit; the mark needed for this was 74, and Niamh performed so well that she easily qualified for a certificate of Merit, scoring 83 marks.

“Niamh is a fantastic student who always works hard both in lessons and independently, and really deserves this recognition for her exceptional problem-solving skills.”  Karen Turpin, teacher of Mathematics.

Niamh said, “I really enjoy Mathematics and will be continuing to study the subject at A Level in September.  I am hoping to possibly pursue a career in medicine.”

UKMT invite several thousand qualifying UK-based students from the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge to take part in the Pink Kangaroo Challenge.  Entry to the competition is by invitation only and is based on a qualifying score.  They are proud to be the UK member of the ‘Association Kangourou sans Frontières’, a collaborative association whose purpose is to promote mathematics among young people around the world. Around six million young people take Kangaroo competitions each year.


UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge - February 2021

In February, Ivybridge Community College Mathematicians from Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the annual UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.

The students had great success in this event with 12 students receiving Bronze certificates, 4 achieving Silver certificates, and 2 winning the Gold certificates.

We are delighted to announce that two of the Silver Awards came from Year 9 students which was the youngest age group in the competition.  Ciaran Ricketts, in Year 10, achieved the highest result in the College.

Four of the students scored so highly that they qualified for the next stage of the competition.  Aidan Downes and Jasper Wiseman qualified for the Grey Kangaroo which is for Year 9 students, and Ciaran Ricketts and Niamh Shirley qualified for the Pink Kangaroo which is for Years 10 and 11 students.

The UK Mathematics Trust was founded in 1996 and their charitable aim is to advance the education of young people in Mathematics.  They do this by working with hundreds of volunteers across the UK to organise competitions promoting problem solving and team work and other Mathematical enrichment activities.

“I am so pleased with all the students who took part, and especially those who have received certificates and progressed through to the Kangaroo Challenges.  The Mathematics Challenge has been harder for the participants this year as they have had to complete them remotely online and in their own time.”  Karen Turpin, teacher of Mathematics.