Shining at UK maths challenge

Sixty-seven Years 11-13 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) took part in the largest British maths competition, the Senior Maths Challenge (SMC).

Aimed at Years 11-13 students (ages 15-18), the challenge involved answering 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes without a calculator. The questions tested the students’ mathematical dexterity – the ability to apply mathematics in unusual and creative ways.

This year, 27 JIS students received the bronze award, eight received the silver award and five received the gold award.

Lucy Sa won the best in the school with 105 points followed by Joseph Jung with 100 points. Yahya Husain Ul Hasan was the best in Year 11 with 96 points, followed by Kartikeya Aneja, the best in Year 12 (93 points) and Isabel Loh (92 points).

Firdaus Khairussyakirin, Novanda Wahid, Jun Lee, Ethan Cheam, Ray Kakuta, Jacob Kattikaran, Haziq Jefferey and Billy Ren received the silver awards.

Twenty-seven won the bronze awards – Gabriel Chan, Baasim Isa, ALya Norafan, Isyam Sazali, Edward Liew, Seung Woo Kim, Sheharyar Siddigui, Preksha Shubham, Darwish Zainal, Lin Lett Moe Oo, Ambree Ahmad, Miza Athaa’ullah, Patricia Sim, Justin Lim, Ammar Mohieldin, Qawiem Jais, Kelly Lim, Mustafa Nasir, Kassy Pacudan, Liz James, Yong Peng Lee, Aung Ko Ko, Basmala Saada, Atip Adimas, Anusha Bhushan, Ru Poh Sim and Alvin Yoon.

Head of the Maths Faculty Phil May said, “Developing resilient problem solvers is at the heart of what we try to achieve as a maths faculty at JIS. I am very proud of all of those who took part and especially those who managed to gain a certificate – well done!”

Two of JIS highest performing students – Yahya Husain Ul Hasan (Year 11) and Joseph Jung (Year 13) – were invited to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan and Head of the Maths Faculty Phil May with gold winners. PHOTO: JIS