Saints Students Excel at Mathematics!

April 09, 2018 | Girls’ College | Author: Paul Statham


Congratulations to Jessica James in Grade 10 who has been chosen for the South African team to represent our country in the International Mathematics Competition to be held in Bulgaria in July 2018.

Jessica James


Congratulations to all our Girls' College students who wrote the South African Mathematics Olympiad last Wednesday, 14th March 2018. A total of 204 students (95 seniors and 109 juniors) passed Round 1 and have progressed to Round 2 which will be written in May 2018. This is the highest number of successful candidates ever for our school, and again illustrates the progress we are making with teaching problem solving as a key Mathematical skill.

The top achievers in each grade were as follows:

Grade 12           Kate Pringle                      90%
Grade 11           Kamryn Norton                 80%
Grade 10           Natasja Troskie                 80%
Grade 9             Nokukhanya Lefatshe       85%
Grade 8             Katherine Hollingworth    95%








The Girls College’ Mathematics Department, with the help of Mrs Kathy Aitken, set a voluntary 10-question challenge for the students on Pi Day last week. Using QR codes and Google forms, students were required to submit the answers to 10 logic-type puzzles to win a small prize. The overall winners were as follows:

1st   -         Skye Tucker (Grade 9)
2nd  -         Erin Brammer (Grade 9)
3rd   -         Nicole Brink  (Grade 10)

Skye Tucker


Erin Brammer


Nicole Brink



The Boys College hosted a Pi Day Breakout Challenge as part of their inter-house Mathematics competition on Pi Day last week. 6 teams from the Girls College joined 20 teams from the Boys College and 4 teams from Kearsney College in Kwazulu-Natal in tackling the challenge of “breaking out” using hidden clues and various problem-solving techniques.

Congratulations to our two teams of Grade 10’s. The “Irrationals” comprising of Rutendo Kawelenga, Nicole Brink, Amber Beresford and Tayla Orsmond, managed a very creditable 7th place finish overall, and the “Cutie Pis” comprising of Marisa Venditti, Gina Altshuler, Chichi Chimunda and Valeria Bojanini (our exchange student from Colombia) finished in 10th place. All the teams had a lot of fun on the night and we are certainly looking forward to entering more teams next year.


(Note:  Official school photographs for 2018 take place in May)