Guernsey Grammar School’s year 8 and 9 students have returned the BWCI Trophy to Guernsey following a 12 month absence after coming out on top in the Channel Islands regional final of the UK Mathematics Trust’s Team Maths Challenge held in Jersey. 

The event, which alternates between Guernsey and Jersey, took place at the St Helier Town Hall and saw 12 teams of four from the islands battle it out over four rounds. The Constable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft was delighted that the Town Hall was chosen as the venue for event. Commenting, he said 'It was great to see such enthusiastic commitment to maths from these young people. My congratulations to the winners and everyone who took part”.

Former winners Victoria College and Elizabeth College kept the competition tight until the final round. The winning team of Lillian Woodall, Lauren Tuffield, George Headington and Harry Plumley secured first place after the final “Maths Relay” round which saw the teams split into pairs and required a combination of mental and physical speed to score maximum points. 

The event was organized by UK Mathematics Trust volunteers Terry Heard and Geoffrey Delamore from the UK and local co-ordinator Simon Lewis of Jersey College for Girls. BWCI’s actuary in Jersey, David Holmes, was on hand to present prizes to the winning teams on behalf of the local sponsor. “Maths and athletics are two passions of mine, but until this afternoon I have never seen the two combined” commented David after witnessing a hectic finish to the relay round. “As a firm of Channel Island actuaries we are delighted that both islands continue to produce high calibre maths students with a passion for problem solving, attributes we need to help with local insurance and pension issues every day."

The winning team will now represent the Channel Islands in the national final in at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 21st June where they will pit themselves against the top 70 teams from across the British Isles.

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