Top Scores in Maths Contest

The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) holds an annual Primary Maths Challenge, which was hosted in March this year by The ABC International School in Vietnam.

This competition sees some of the best young mathematicians in the region pit their wits against each other, individually and in teams. It tests a number of key skills: mathematical knowledge, rapid mental recall, problem solving, logic and teamwork.

31 schools took part in this year's competition. Four students from Year Six represented BSJ.

Day one began with an outdoor Maths Trail, in which the students answered questions to lead them on a route across a park. In the speed calculation team round that followed, the BSJ students scored full marks, coming first. The day ended with two more team activities, involving problem-solving and a relay.

The second day started with an individual round, in which the BSJ team came first on combined scores. This was followed by team puzzles on the topics of shape and space, a calculations team round, and a construction challenge - in which BSJ came third.

At the awards ceremony, we were delighted to learn that one of our students had taken third place in the individual category, from a field of 120 competitors. The three others were all in the top score bracket. One was also part of the winning team for the mixed-school challenges.

Then, to top it off, the BSJ team placed third overall, beating 28 other schools. We were the only school to come first in two rounds in the competition.