Maths Week 2017
Our Maths week may have been restricted to 3 days, courtesy of ex-hurricane Ophelia but there was still plenty of activity to stretch our boys.
There was a feature Maths Competition for each year group. The response rate was excellent and we congratulate the winners:
2nd Year: Eoin Power (26)
3rd Year: Stephen O’Nualláin (38)
4th Year: Luke O’Brien (48)
5th Year: John Fennelly (55)
6th Year: Michael McGagh (64)
On Wednesday Transition Year students attended a lecture on “Juggling – Theory and Practice” by Dr. Colin Wright, a former graduate of Cambridge College. In a fascinating lecture Colin explained how maths penetrates our lives in both expected and unexpected ways. An accomplished juggler himself, Colin held the students spellbound during his lecture and demonstrated to the students how maths is very far from being a “boring” or irrelevant subject.
To help all members of the school community celebrate Maths Week and to increase their awareness of the rich history of maths, the TV monitors displayed pictures of both famous mathematicians and key mathematical concepts. An Irish flavour was added to the slides with the inclusion of our own Sir William Rowan Hamilton and the guest of our nation, Irwin Schrödinger. The slides were much remarked upon by staff and students alike.
I would like to thank Mr McKimm, Mr Costello and their Maths Department colleagues for their help with the maths quiz. I would also like to thank Angela and John in the I.T. Department for their assistance in displaying over 17 extra slides per day.