" Education is not learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." Albert Einstein
Six of our Year 8 and 9 students recently traveled to Marbella in southern Spain to participate in the Middle School International Mathematics competition (ISMTF). It was a busy but pleasant experience starting off after an early flight from Rotterdam, the taste of local Tapas and walks around the harbour and beach. The beach proved to be great buffer before the tense competition, providing the best ambience to prepare using maths challenges written in the sand and also partake in some team building activities. The first evening brought feelings of warmth and excitement as the ISH students joined participants from other international schools for mathematical games on the beach. This was a fun introduction to the weekend and a mark of good sportsmanship before the mental games.
Saturday was D-day and the competition went underway. The competition featured a series of 10-15 minute rounds consisting of mathematics challenges against the clock. The ISH students worked in teams of 3 and submitted group answers. In the afternoon, students were rotated around different classrooms and worked through a number of different challenges included code breaking, language deciphering and paper folding with a mathematical twist.
'The trip to Malaga was really fun and all of us had a great time. I enjoyed sitting in the big hall where the competition was being held and all the different activities we did after the competition was fun too.'
(Quote by Year 8 participant, Nishka Mewar)
Although the weekend was coming to a close, the games were far from over. On Sunday, the students participated in "The Sunday Chase" were the teams were chosen at random from the different schools which got our students to work with other students that they had not met before. The teams of 5 went from one room to another, solving problems relating to the international nature of the participating schools. Students were provided with a code-breaking wheel to solve each problem. Correct answers revealed the next room to visit - like in escape rooms- as part of the chase. The winning team was the one that managed to visit the most number of rooms and solved the largest number of challenges.
Congratulations to the mathematical gurus who represented ISH and gave such a positive impression of the school!
Mathematics Department & Trip Leader