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On Wednesday 6th November, the annual Senior Team Maths challenge returned to Camp Hill for another session of gruelling questions. Two teams were entered by Camp Hill: an A team of Xue Bang Chen, Andrew Li, Kevin Xu and Muhamad Ahmed, and a B team of Aaron Grewal, Tim Hayton, Qiyuan Chen and Saksham Shah. The teams hoped to continue the success from last year, where the A team qualified for the national finals.

Both teams performed admirably in the first rounds, with Camp Hill A getting full marks on both the group round and the following cross-number. The B team was right on the A team’s heels, dropping only 6 marks in the first two rounds. However, they did manage to be a mighty 15 seconds ahead of the A team in the cross-number.

With just the shuttle round to go, nerves were frayed. The teams had been informed of the top 3 teams during the break. Unfortunately, neither of the Camp Hill teams were mentioned. Nevertheless, the boys were not disheartened and started the shuttle round knowing that all was still to play for. Despite the very challenging questions, both teams managed to score 55 out of a total of 60. Unfortunately, it was not enough—Camp Hill A team ultimately finished in 2nd place overall, scoring 181 out of 186 marks.

It should also be noted that Camp Hill B performed very well. Although they were an unofficial team, and so did not appear on the team rankings, they scored 175 out of 186 – enough to put them in 4th place overall.

The teams are grateful to Miss Janaki for organising the event and Mr Thompson for running lunchtime sessions which gave us a chance to practice before the competition.