On Tuesday 14th August, sixty-four teams from around the school competed in the Team Maths event. Excitement had built up over the previous week, as classes practiced problem-solving techniques and worked together to build skill in tackling a wide range of mathematical conundrums.
The year seven competition was a thriller, with a close competition between Ngata and Sheppard in the A grade. The runners of the teams sprinted to the answer desk, time after time within seconds of each other. Lead of the competition changed several times between Ngata and Sheppard. Both of them faltered on question 18, with the runner sprinting back again and again to the marker. The final 5 points were gained in a split-second dash between the two teams with Sheppard snatching the victory by a couple of minutes.
The Year eight teams went second. Many of the B grade teams struggled with some of the earlier questions and this slowed them down resulting in no teams receiving a perfect score. Rutherford finished in first place with the highest score of 75.
The A-grade teams were away quickly, but question number 9 stumped most teams for quite some time. Up to question 9, the lead teams in the A grade were neck and neck. Out of nowhere all teams but one got stuck for some time and a clear leader was found with Rutherford pulling away and winning the A grade with a perfect score of 100 and just seven minutes remaining. They were the only team to reach a perfect score in the year 8 competition.
By Clara Dujakovic and M McCombe