Victories for QE Mathematics team

A team of QE boys have repeated last year’s success by reaching the knock-out stages of the prestigious and highly competitive Hans Woyda Mathematics Competition.

Sixty-four teams representing schools from across the South East region took part in the regional tournament. QE’s team of Hone Cheng (Year 13), Akash Raja (Year 12), Nigethan Sathiyalingham (Year 11) and Bavik Mehta (Year 9) recorded comprehensive victories against North London Collegiate School, Emmanuel College and St Michael’s School to qualify for the last 16.

“The Hans Woyda competition is intellectually a highly demanding contest,” said QE Mathematics teacher Geoff Roberts. “To be successful, boys have to be adept at applying a wide range of mathematical skills under time pressure, as well as adapting to a variety of different formats. Some rounds required mental mathematics; others relied on the efficient use of a calculator. To beat three very strong schools and score so highly in every match in the group stages was an excellent achievement.”

In a repeat of last year’s departure from the competition, the boys faced a very strong Merchant Taylors’ School team in the knock-out stage and again lost a close-fought match to go out of the competition.