Cornish children dazzle in first Maths Olympiad

By on Jan 25, 2019 in Blog |

There was incredible energy in the air as students awaited the result of the first ever Cornish maths Olympiad, held at Nexus today.

The morning had seen the best primary mathematicians in Cornwall decode cyphers with the Royal Institution, discover Pi and use their superpowers to get into space. This afternoon the students participated in two tense, exciting rounds of very challenging maths, where they collaborated, computed and calculated their way to the answers.


The children, teachers and parents who attended were buzzing about the day:

“All 4 pupils have thoroughly engaged with the day. Their enthusiasm has shone from their faces throughout and seeing them be stretched in their ability has been a pleasure.”  Hannah, St Erth Parent

“The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the day. They have been engaged by all activities especially the competition.” – Maureen Goosey, Pencoys Primary


“The children really enjoyed the day – it gave the quieter students a chance to shine. It was lovely to be part of the nervous energy experienced by all.” – Sally Richards, Crowan School (Y5-6 Teacher)

“There was so much enthusiasm throughout the whole day. The competition was fantastic.”  Michelle Williams, Weeth

“A fun and challenging day. Great atmosphere in the competition!” – Parent, Coverack Community Primary School


“They all really enjoyed it, all very positive the whole day. Because there was such a mix of events throughout the day, they each had a favourite. It was also lovely to have such a kind and helpful Year 7 to guide us through the morning.” – Colleen Covey, Devoran

“They loved it. It’s great for them to be encouraged in an area they excel in.” – Louise Polak, St Minver


“Very engaged, excited and happy to meet and chat with others who love maths as much as them.” – Joe Eddison, Truro Prep School


“The children loved the day. Enjoyed all of it but especially the quiz, great to see them working as a team, talking Maths and supporting each other.” – James Frewer, Truro Prep (Head of Prep Maths)

“Excellent time had by all – loved the ‘Pi’ lesson. Level of challenge was excellent. Enough questions that they could do but real thinking needed.” – Louise Greygroose, St Hilary (Y6 TA and Governor)

“It was fun. The year seven guides were very good.” – Karen Stone, Penponds School (LA)


“Really enjoyed it. A nice new experience. Enjoyed very much. The pupils had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The whole day was expertly run. Wonderful experience. Variety of tasks enjoyed by all.” – Sue Raby, Bodriggy Academy (KS2 TA)

“All four pupils loved the whole day, especially the workshops during the morning. It was very well organised and ran very smoothly. A great day was had by both pupils and staff.” – Helen Rogers, Treloweth (Y6 TA)

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the day. They loved every minute, thank you. The students that helped were really lovely.”– Jo Moine, St Breock (Y5 TA)

“All pupils had a great day and really enjoyed the activity. Great activities in the morning – fun and enjoyable.” – Helen Smitheram, Connor Downs Academy (Y6 TA)

“They loved all of it – especially for 2 who are hoping to come here in September. [The best bits were] working together as a team, inspiring the children. Very friendly and you can believe in the passion for the subjects covered.” – Wendy Turner, Penpol School (Y6 HLTA)

“We all, including myself, really enjoyed the day. They loved everything but doing the codebreaking was the highlight. The year 7 who showed us around was brilliant. It was very well organised as well.” – Mrs August, Roskear School (TA)