All adding up to success for primary pupils

Published Date: 

6 Oct 2017 - 13:43

Two primary pupils have raced to success in a maths challenge.

Emma Losekoot and Lewis Szeles from St Joseph’s in Helensburgh helped their team to second place in the event.

The primary seven pupils were competing in the West Dunbartonshire Maths Challenge as part of Maths Week Scotland.

It saw 10 teams of eight children go head to head to solve maths problems against the clock.

It included one team member running to give their answer to an organiser and collect the next question.  A total of 30 questions in all had to be answered.

Lewis and Emma’s team were out in front but they were pipped at the post to take second spot.

St Joseph’s Head Teacher Michelle Collins said: “Everything came down to the last challenge. Lewis and Emma’s table submitted their last correct answer milliseconds after another team, moving them into second place.

“However, with more than 80 pupils from primary six to S2 in the hall, this was still a glorious feat.

“Well done St Joseph’s – another competition success to add to the plethora of competition wins last session. Long may it continue.”

Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “Congratulations to Emma, Lewis and St Joseph’s on their success.

“To come second, including against secondary school children, is very impressive. Our future is in good hands with bright young minds like these.

“It’s also good to see Argyll and Bute Council working so well with schools from our neighbours in West Dunbartonshire.”

It’s the latest in a string of successes for St Joseph’s pupils over the past few months, including a first place for Lucy Bowie in a young writers’ competition, first for Ava King and third for Soleece McKenzie in a Toyota Dream Car contest, and a team win for the school’s footballers in the Ardencaple Cup.

St Joseph’s was involved as it is a feeder school for Dumbarton secondary Our Lady and St Patrick’s, which some pupils attend after finishing at the primary school.

The maths challenge took place at Clydebank Town Hall.