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A 12-year-old schoolboy from Seaview has won a national mathematics competition, beating 18 500 children from 130 schools across SA.
Ethan Biggs from Manor Gardens Primary School walked off with top honours in the Horizon Mathematics Competition, which tested the mathematics ability of children in grades 5, 6 and 7. His fellow Manor Gardens pupils also achieved excellent results. Jethro Rishworth, in Grade 7, was awarded second place in KwaZulu-Natal and third place nationally.
Lucy Purdon, also in Grade 7, came seventh in KZN, and Nicholas Hardman, in Grade 5, achieved eighth place in KZN and was top in Grade 5.
The maths quiz involved answering multiple choice questions in a 75-minute paper.
“I would like to thank my parents and teachers, who supported me and encouraged me to take part,” Ethan said.
The competition takes place annually and aims to reach as many children as possible. However, those with an aptitude for maths go through to the higher levels.
Manor Gardens Primary School principal Carol Lottering congratulated the four maths boffins, saying that their results showed their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm.
“These learners have given our small school wonderful recognition,” she said.
“I believe our unique way of teaching maths has assisted our learners to excel and shine in the competition.”