Pupils from all years have been competing in different academic challenges and competitions across the country to expand their knowledge and build a passion for learning.
From Latin reading competitions to Maths challenges, here’s a round-up of some of the wonderful achievements from recent months.
Alan Turing Cryptography competition
Pupils competed in the University of Manchester’s Alan Turing Cryptography competition and finished in 5th place out of 1000 teams, missing top place by just 5 points. SGS won the competition last year, so this result continues our track record of exceptional results.
The competition follows the story of two young cipher sleuths, Mike and Ellie, as they get caught up in a cryptographic adventure ‘The Tale of the Data Deception’. Every week or two a new chapter of the story is released, each with a fiendish code to crack. Points are earned by cracking each code with clever Cryptographical techniques to break codes and solve ciphers.
Sixth Form Pop Maths Quiz
Our Upper Sixth Form pupils won a Pop Maths quiz organised by the Liverpool Mathematical Society hosted at Liverpool John Moores University. In the first team, Nikita Murray, Nick Dow, Alex Pollard and Leon Evans scored 46/50 in the Saturday morning competition at LJMU to come top and win a prize of £200 between them.
Our other team (Lauryn Howard, Phoebe Micklefield, Beth Taylor and Nathaniel Huang) are determined to return next year when they are in the Upper Sixth.
This year’s Young Enterprise team have made it through to the Greater Manchester County Final for the fourth year in a row.
The team is called UniSaver and they have created a web platform which helps university students save money with a textbook swap, budgeting tool, market place and a price comparison element.
The team also picked up the award for the best presentation in the Stockport and Tameside Showcase Event.
Latin Reading Competition
We were pleased to welcome the Manchester Classical Association into school as we hosted their 2019 Reading Competition, where competitors from six schools read a passage of Latin, pronouncing the language accurately and putting meaning into their recital.
The competition was judged by academics from The University of Manchester – including John Taylor, the author of the GCSE and A-level textbooks that we use for Latin and Greek.
Third Year pupils Marley Busby and Joseph Eaton won the Intermediate Section and Lower Sixth student Alan McCartney was runner up in the A-level Section – a great achievement considering he was a year younger than most of his challengers.
British Biology Olympiad
Well done to all of the pupils who took part in the British Biology Olympiad.
Kitty Grant, Megan King and Jake Wyatt-Thomas were awarded silver certificates whilst Janna Wong, Humza Muhammad and Luke Tomlinson picked up bronze certificates.
A number of other pupils were commended or highly commended.
Sixth Formers performed excellently in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad. The Olympiad is a challenging examination which asks questions beyond the A-level syllabus and requires a deep understanding of difficult concepts to do well.
Max Howe achieved Gold and was in the top 4% of all UK entrants whilst Leon Evans, Alex Hewetson, Mo Umar, Megan King and Nicholas Dow got Silver. Bronze went to Sam Stretton, Philip Rosenberg-Powell, Lauryn Howard and Kate Roberts.
Liverpool Mathematical Society Winners
The Liverpool Mathematical Society have a February half term competition which consists of several problems to solve. Thirty of our pupils entered this year with Third Year student Jono Hawkins gaining Best in School for the Senior Challenge out of 900 entries in total.
Second Year pupil Evan Mcilwraith also won the Best in School for Challenge 19 from a total of 2200 entries! Jono and Evan have been invited to Liverpool University for a prize giving evening on 15th May.
UK Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge in Manchester
Our mathematicians did a fantastic job at the 2019 Regional Finals of this year’s UK Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge in Manchester.
The team of Second and Third Year pupils skilfully navigated their way through the day and showed off amazing mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills.
Each year over six million school pupils aged 5-18 from more than 50 countries throughout the world take part in the Intermediate Kangaroo mathematics challenge at various levels.
Several thousand pupils sit the Intermediate Challenge and are invited to sit the grey or pink Kangaroo papers, dependent on school year.
Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are then invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers.
Our Fourth Year participants are now eagerly awaiting the results.
Eight of our mathematically minded Fourth Year pupils participated in the ‘Maths Feast’ competition. The two teams did so well that they came first or second in every round, even the notorious ‘Maths Comprehension’ task where the teammates have to learn and use a new piece of Maths in timed conditions.
To see all of the competitions and challenges our students are participating in this year, please visit our competition page.