The first week after half term saw Maths week! Over the course of the week, students took part in multiple competitions from designing a poster about a famous mathematician to trying to earn the most Dr Frost Maths points in the week. Throughout the maths lessons, students were treated to unusual and exciting activities. In Y9, students were collecting data about themselves to display in a variety of ways, assessing the most appropriate graphs to present their information. And a number of Y10s were calculating their speed when walking, jogging and running across the playground. 3 lucky students got to ride Mr Britton’s road bike and have a speed gun track their speed to compare against their own calculations!

The focus assembly was a roaring success with Mr Thorpe and Mr Portlock performing the roles of Mathemagicians, demonstrating the magic in maths and encouraging students to see its awe and wonder.

Competition winners were as follows

Poster competition: KS3 – George Burgess, KS4 – Maddie Walters

Guess the weight of the sweets: Demi Martin and Maxwell Thomas

Dr Frost winners: Y7 – Francis Shaw, Y8 – Tommy Baines, Y9 – Abbie Sugden, Y10 – Ellie Billingham, Y11 – Eleanor Young

The week culminated in the grand finale of the Friary School’s first ever Mathletics tournament. Semi-finals had been held in the weeks running up to Maths week and the final saw Seward take on Garrick in the theatre to a packed crowd of supporters. The competition was hosted by Dr Buxton and the Seward/Garrick rivalry was fierce. 4 students from each house, 1 from each year group were pitted against each other in a race to secure the title. It was neck and neck with the lead changing in almost every round until the final question where Seward were victorious!