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Primary Schools up to the Maths Challenge

Monday, 17 May 2010

Bolton School Boys' Division hosted a Maths Challenge day for local Primary Schools to help get young people involved in Maths in a fun way.

Twenty one Primary School teams took part in the Harry Potter themed challenge, which consisted of a series of different mathematic activities including creating their own Hogwart's Tower. Each team was made up of two boys and two girls and they were assisted in the challenges by Bolton School Year 10 boys.

Schools taking part included Brownlow Fold, Bamford Primary, Eatock, Ashbridge School, Greenmount, St Matthews, Church St, Bury Catholic School, Eagley Junior School, Lever Edge, Horwich Parish, Leigh CE, St Philips, Clarendon Cottage, Beaumont Primary, Markland Hill, Gilnow Primary, St Paul's CE, and St Peter's Smithills.

After a morning of brain taxing puzzles, the teams had a well deserved lunch in the school Dining Hall before regrouping to hear the results. Teams received points for each activity and when all the points were added up it was close at the top. The winners were Brownlow Fold who were presented with their prizes of a laptop and a £15 WH Smith gift voucher each by Headmaster Mr Philip Britton, who thanked the primary schools for taking part and stressed the importance of getting children interested in academic subjects at a young age. In second place were St Peter's Smithills who each received a £10 gift voucher and Ashbridge School came third each receiving a £5 voucher.

The day was a huge success and is set to become an annual community event at the school, alongside the Language, Sports and Science Festivals which Bolton School run for local Primary Schools.


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Brownlow Fold were the winning Primary School

Brownlow Fold were the winning Primary School

Twenty one teams took part

Twenty one teams took part in the Harry Potter themed challenge

Year 10 boys helped out with the activities

Year 10 boys helped out with the activities