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Hans Woyda match

versus St Paul's Boys

Hans Woyda, a highly-respected mathematician who had a reputation for solving complex problems on the back of a postage stamp, taught at Kingston Grammar School and founded the London-based Hans Woyda sports competition.

Each of the 64 schools that enter each year field their best students in years 7-9, 10-11, lower sixth and upper sixth. Initially, there are 16 groups of four schools who play each other. The winner of each group then goes through to the knock-out stage. A typical match consists of seven rounds, each testing a particular aspect of mathematics. They include sections on Geometry, Algebra, Probability, Mental Arithmetic, Calculators and a Team Question.

On Wednesday 3rd October, we hosted St Paul’s Boys School in the opening pool match of the Hans Woyda Mathematics Competition. Sam (year 8), playing in his first ever match, made a confident start and can be very proud of his overall contribution, least of all because he was competing against a year 9 student. Anna (year 11) and Siddiq (lower sixth) also held their own, producing some remarkable solutions along the way.

After four of the seven rounds, Emanuel were just three points behind the opposition. However, despite our best efforts, St Paul’s were quite brilliant in the last three rounds. Luke (lower sixth), also playing against a boy in the year above him, performed admirably.

The final score was Emanuel 35 - St Paul's Boys 58. I would like to thank Atitiya Vichayanarat, Christopher Trang and Mr Bishop for their support and help.

Mr Leadbetter (Societies Coordinator)