For several years, on at least one lunchtime per week, Year 7 and Year 8 students have gathered in the Maths department at St Hilda’s, not to do extra work or homework, but instead, to organise a range of maths themed events and competitions for staff and other students to enjoy.
On-line quizzes, treasure hunts, number book hunts, pi-digit memory challenges, designing real life Pythagoras models and number themed cake sales are just a few of the projects undertaken this year with others in the pipeline before the Summer holidays.
The events organised have engaged students of all abilities, discovered hidden mathematical talents and demonstrated the fun that can be had with numbers. In addition the events organised so far this year have raised close to £250 for the NSPCC and our school charities. All the students involved over the years have demonstrated a real commitment to their roles as “Mini Maths Leaders” and a genuine enthusiasm for promoting numeracy at St Hilda’s. Many have used “Mini Maths Leaders” as a stepping stone taking an active role in after school Maths Clinics and other maths projects as they progress through to GCSE and A’Levels.
The School has always valued the hard work of the students involved and the teachers who have supported them. We are however, delighted to announce that the group’s successes have now been recognised by a wider audience with the Mini Maths Leaders receiving a nomination for “Team of the Year” at the forthcoming Echo Schools Awards 2019.
An awards ceremony and celebration lunch will be held at Liverpool John Moores University in June and we will be keeping our fingers crossed to see if the team can be crowned as champions. In the meantime, we are always looking for new recruits and should any more students wish to get involved they would be very welcome.