Mathematics successes multiply

The Summer Term brought an excellent end to a very good year for QE’s mathematicians.

Four boys from Years 8 and 9 beat off 35 other teams to win a regional Team Maths Challenge at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Nigethan Sathiyalingam (team captain), Shane Mahen, Gabriel Gendler and Mahdi Elango [pictured] demonstrated communication and teamwork skills as well as mathematical ability to win the competition. They qualified for the National Final in London – the first time QE has reached the National Finals.

Shane and Nigethan also enjoyed success in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad, in which they and Nelson Tang were all placed in the top 25% of entries and awarded certificates of distinction. Nigethan and Nelson received additional medals for being in the top 100 of their year group. 

In addition:

  • Gabriel was awarded ‘best in School’ in the UKMT’s Junior Mathematical Challenge. A total of 264 QE boys in Years 7 & 8 entered: 89 received gold certificates; 93 silver and 60 bronze. Eleven boys qualified for the Olympiad. 
  • Two teams of QE Year 9 boys reached the final of the 2009 Edge Hill Challenge. The boys had to provide detailed solutions to challenging mathematical problems and then produce an eye-catching poster. All boys in the top set of Year 9 produced posters. The two teams qualifying for the final were: Apple Pie, comprising Alex Du, Vignesh Gopalan, Robert Hu and Nigel Leung; and Imperial Units, comprising Nigethan Sathiyalingam, Shivan Thakrar, Arjuna Sivapalan, Kosuke Shirasaki and Ronak Shah.