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MATHEMATICS BROMLEY HIGH

MATHEMATICS BROMLEY HIGH MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT Another academic year has come to an end for the Mathematics Department, and once again we can look back over a year of industry and success. Everything that we have achieved is founded on the supportive relationship between the students and their teachers, and I would like to thank them all for their efforts. Mr Potter Head of Mathematics It feels a long time ago now, but at the start of the year, we once again celebrated excellent results. Every single A-level mathematician achieved at least a grade B, and 27% of our girls achieved an A*. We had a strong set of results at Further Maths A-level, and Ellen Birke is to be particularly congratulated on her double A*. Anna Myers, Ellen Birke and I Wa Lu all achieved 100% in at least one of their modules. Our girls performed strongly at AS-level as well, where Anah Mushtaq scored 100% on her C2 module. Our GCSE girls also did themselves proud, with 75% scoring an A or an A*. Victoria Cheung was our top performer here with 96% overall. I was also delighted with the incredible progress made over her GCSE years by Susannah Farmery. These impressive achievements have clearly spurred on the next generation of Bromley High mathematicians, because the department is as busy as ever. The winning number-themed fancy-dress competition 9

A moment of inspiration as Year 7 solve Mrs Wilcock’s ‘Eggy ‘ clues! These impressive achievements have clearly spurred on the next generation of Bromley High mathematicians, because the department is as busy as ever. The girls are eager to take advantage of all the extra-curricular opportunities that we offer them, and also the support we provide through maths clinic and other revision sessions. For the competitively inclined, there are plenty of challenges available. Our best mathematicians compete every year in the UKMT Individual Mathematics Challenges. In the Junior version, our girls achieved 29 bronze awards, 13 silver awards, and 2 gold awards. The gold award winners were Emmanuelle Dumont and Abigail Joshua-Yip from Year 8. In the Intermediate Individual Maths Challenge, there were 33 bronze awards, 21 silver awards and gold awards for Ellie Spicer, Pascale Bibby, Priyanka Patel, Emerald Wei, Rhiannon Hughes, Riya Parikh, Imogen Duke and Evelyn Jamieson. Finally, in the Senior Individual Maths Challenge, there were 10 bronze awards, 2 silver awards and a gold award for Summer Zhang. Several girls scored such high marks that they qualified for follow-on competitions. Chrisa Prachalias qualified for the Grey Kangaroo, whilst Ellie Spicer, Priyanka Patel, Emerald Wei, Rhiannon Hughes, Riya Parikh and Imogen Duke qualified for the Pink Kangaroo. These girls are among the top young mathematicians in the country, and they should be very proud of their results. The school competed in the Hans Woyda competition, taking on local rivals Alleyn’s, Eltham and Dulwich College over a series of rounds of quick-fire mental problems, perplexing mathematical conundra. Amadea Picciau, our Year 13 representative, had this to say about the experience: “On the 1 st October, four students from Bromley High, led by their maths teacher Mr Potter, courageously went to Alleyn’s School to compete in the ‘Hans Woyda’ competition. The four girls were Deborah Bakare (Year 9), Priyanka Patel (Year 10), Summer Zhang (Year 12) and Amadea Picciau (Year 13). The competition was split up into several sections, including mental maths, calculations, trigonometry, team events, and individual races. Everyone entered the room with their confidence running high. Bromley settled quickly, and after the first few sections the teams were tied with eight points each. Bromley High then surged ahead in the team round with some high-speed number-crunching. The Bromley High girls prepared themselves for the last round, knowing one wrong move could cost them everything. A ferocious battle lay ahead, and, despite everyone giving everything, the team was pipped at the post by the worthy opposition. The final scores were 23 points to Alleyn’s and 19 points to Bromley High.” Easter would not be Easter without Mrs. Wicock’s Year 7 Easter Egg Hunt. Using clues positioned all around the school, the girls had to answer a series of questions about famous mathematicians in order to claim a chocolatey prize. Several girls scored such high marks that they qualified for follow-on competitions. These girls are among the top young mathematicians in the country, and they should be very proud of their results. Nearly fitting into a pyramid made of paper THE GEOMETRIC CHALLENGE ! During enrichment week, Year 8 were treated to a day of impressive mathematical activities by Angela Gould. Over the course of the day, the girls were asked to solve a variety of geometric challenges, culminating in the construction of a pyramid made out of paper that was large enough for a Year 8 girl to stand in. 10

Newsletter – March 2013 - King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls