Monday, 17 August 2015


Every year, as a part of Maths Week, Berkley enters teams in the Waimaths competition.  This is a maths problem-solving competition.  

Teams of three, have 45 minutes to answer 20 questions, one at a time.  They get three marks if they answer the question correctly the first time, two points on the second attempt, one on the third or zero if they are incorrect on the third try, or if they choose to pass. They then get handed their next question. This means that the maximum points a team can get is 60 points.

Berkley takes this competition very seriously, with students starting to trial early in Term two.  A large number of Room 10 attended the Year 8 team trials, with many going on to the second phase, which culminates in several practices a week. When the Year 8 team was finally announced, all three members were from Room 10 - Aryan, Jiarn and Max. Added to this, Sean was selected to be in the Year 9 team.

When the day of the quiz came last Thursday, the boys were feeling both
nervous and excited.  Aryan and Jiarn were eager to better their 2nd place in the Year 7 team last year.  They started off with gusto, being the first to correctly answer the first four or five questions, before having a rough patch (which they put down to rushing).  They regrouped, calmed down, and found their rhythm again.  In the end, they finished with 54 points, two points behind the winning school, coming second.  The boys had mixed feelings, overcoming a strong field from 27 schools, but they would've liked to have bettered last year's second placing.

I really enjoyed the evening and was disappointed to have to leave before the Year 9 competition began.  Unfortunately, Sean had an accident on the way home from school, so he was unable to compete.  However, he showed great responsibility in phoning Jason from our class, who had competed as a Year 7 last year. Jason was able to rush down and fill in for Sean.  Congratulations to the Year 9 team on their eleventh placing.

Also, congratulations to Zoe, who came third in the Y7&8 Waimaths Poster Competition.

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