Maths whizzes: Howick prep pupils off to Hong Kong

2010-05-11 00:00

FOUR maths whizzes from Howick Preparatory School have been selected for the KwaZulu-Natal team who will be representing South Africa in the Po Leung Kuk Inter City Maths Competition in Hong Kong from July 9 to 19.

The grade seven pupils, James Webb, Mikaela Jonsson, Kendall Miller and Tyra Ramkuber, all earned their places in the eight-pupil team after ending top of their grade in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Association of Mathematics Education of South Africa (Amesa) exams written last year.

This is the first time in the 17 years of the competition that four pupils from the same school have been selected to represent South Africa in Hong Kong.

The principal of Howick Preparatory, Grant Maartens, said he is very proud of their selection and accredited their achievements to the many hours of hard work that both the pupils and teachers have put in over the past few years.

“We have recently placed a lot of emphasis on mathematics and literacy and it is pleasing to see the results of our efforts,” said Maartens.

When asked about how they felt about the upcoming competition all the pupils reacted with excitement.

James said “I am very excited and this is a dream come true that has not sunk in yet.”

Mikaela also could not believe it and said “I thought that the teacher was joking when I was told about my selection. I am very proud of myself as this will be an experience of a lifetime.”

Kendall was speechless at first, but she felt said it was too good to be true when told of her selection.

Tyra said that she was “overwhelmed with my selection and that competing against other learners from around the world is going to be an amazing experience”.

All four pupils are extremely proud to be representing South Africa and have promised to give it their best while holding their heads up high.

The team will be accompanied by Margie Hamilton, the school’s deputy principal of academics.

The school is currently involved in raising funds to help the pupils get to Hong Kong. Those interested in assisting can contact the school on 033 330 2070.

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